Individual investors added money to U.S. stocks for a seventh straight week last week, but they're continuing to show an even stronger appetite for international stocks.
While U.S. stock mutual funds attracted $1.1 billion during the week ended Feb. 14, international stock funds lured nearly $3.5 billion, according to data from the Investment Company Institute. So far this year, investors have poured almost $21 billion in U.S. stocks and more than $32 billion in global stocks, bringing the total stocks inflow to more than $53 billion.
That fact that investors are showing love for stocks is a sharp contrast from the past several years. The last time investors added more money to stock funds than they took out was in 2007, when U.S. stocks rose to record highs. Both the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 are back near those levels.
While investors added to their stock holdings, they're also continuing to pad their bond holdings. Bond fund raked in $4.7 billion last week, bringing the year's total to $47 billion. In 2012, bond funds brought in more than $300 billion.
Hybrid funds, which invest in both stocks and bonds, gained $2 billion last week, according to ICI data.
Investors have been adding money to the U.S. stock market since the beginning of the year, but the pace of inflows has slowed considerably.
U.S. stock mutual funds lured in just $509 million during the week ended Feb. 13, according to data from the Investment Company Institute. While that marks the sixth straight week of inflows, it's the smallest of the year. During the first four weeks of 2013, investors MOREHibah Yousuf - Feb 21, 2013 2:06 PM ET
Individual investors continue dip back into U.S. stocks as the Dow and S&P 500 get closer to new record highs, but the pace has slowed.
U.S. stock mutual funds raked in $3.5 billion during the week ended Jan. 23, according to data from the Investment Company Institute, making it the third consecutive week that investors added money to U.S. stocks. Altogether, investors have plowed more than $16 billion into the market during MOREHibah Yousuf - Jan 31, 2013 11:25 AM ET
After yanking more than $150 billion from U.S. stock mutual funds last year, investors began to put their money back into the market at the start of 2013. A lot of it.
U.S. stock mutual funds gained $8 billion in the week ended Jan. 9, according to the Investment Company Institute. That's the highest amount since the ICI began keeping records in 2007.
The big flood of money came as the MOREHibah Yousuf - Jan 17, 2013 10:02 AM ET
The stock market keeps going up, and investors keep cashing out.
Mutual fund investors pulled $5.1 billion out of U.S. stock mutual funds for the week ended Sept. 26. The prior week, investors removed $4.8 billion from these funds, according to data from the Investment Company Institute.
The exodus from the stock market has picked up speed since the Federal Reserve announced another round of quantitative easing, or QE3.
By buying more MOREMaureen Farrell - Oct 4, 2012 12:45 PM ET
Mutual fund investors shrugged their shoulders at the Federal Reserve's latest ploy to stimulate the sluggish economy.
In the first week following the Fed's launch of a third round of quantitative easing, or QE3, investors yanked $4.8 billion from U.S. stock mutual funds, according to data from the Investment Company Institute. That was the quickest pace of outflows since early August.
The acceleration of the exodus from stock mutual funds is curious, as the Fed's MOREHibah Yousuf - Sep 27, 2012 10:43 AM ET
The move out of the U.S. stock market continued through the final week of summer, as investors remained stuck in a rut and refrained from making any big moves ahead of Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's big speech in Jackson Hole.
In fact, investors pulled another $3.7 billion from U.S. stock market mutual funds during the week ended Aug. 31, according to the Investment Company Institute, bringing the 2012 outflow MOREHibah Yousuf - Sep 6, 2012 10:22 AM ET
The retreat from the U.S. stock market continued last week, as investors refrained from making any big bets amid the market's summer doldrums.
Another $2.7 billion was pulled from U.S. stock market mutual funds during the week ended Aug. 15, according to the Investment Company Institute, bringing the 2012 outflow total to more than $69 billion. By comparison, those funds lost in the neighborhood of $40 billion during the first seven months MOREHibah Yousuf - Aug 23, 2012 11:16 AM ET
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