After taking a short breather, U.S. investors re-entered the U.S. stock market last week.
Investors added $849 million to U.S. stock mutual funds during the week ended March 13, according to the latest data from the Investment Company Institute. That marks the first inflow after two weeks of modest outflows.
The return to stocks came in the middle of the Dow's 10-day winning streak, during which the blue chip index also closed at fresh record highs for eight days in a row.
So far this year, investors have put roughly $20 billion into U.S. stocks. International stocks are also drawing strong interest. In the latest week, international stock funds attracted more than $3 billion, bringing the year-to-date tally to more than $40 billion.
Bonds, which are perceived as less risky than stocks, continued to lure in investors as well. Bond funds took in $1.6 billion, bringing the year's total to just over $60 billion.
Hybrid funds, which invest in both stocks and bonds, brought in $2.1 billion last week.
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 MOREHibah Yousuf - Feb 28, 2013 3:22 PM ET
After taking money off the table toward the end of 2012, individual investors came back with a vengeance in January, adding a record $80.6 billion to their mutual fund holdings, according to the Investment Company Institute.
Investors added nearly $38 billion to stock funds during the month, with a little more than half of that flowing into international stocks.
Nearly $33 billion, or 41% of the total monthly inflow, went into MOREHibah Yousuf - Feb 27, 2013 3:43 PM ET
Individual investors continued to put money into the stock market last week, but the pace has slowed.
U.S. stock mutual funds, a popular investment vehicle for individuals, brought in just over $3.5 billion in the final week of January, according to the Investment Company Institute. That's about $30 million more than the week prior, when flows started to moderate.
Overall, investors have poured $10.3 billion into U.S. stock mutual funds in January.
That's MOREBen Rooney - Feb 7, 2013 10:53 AM 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
U.S. investors plowed a record $183 billion into U.S.-listed exchange traded funds last year, surpassing the previous record of $178 billion set in 2008, according to State Street data.
"Last year's impressive overhaul amounts to yet another clear sign that ETFs are not only here to stay, but are increasingly chipping away at the dominance of mutual funds," said Olivier Ludwig, managing editor at IndexUniverse, which also tracks ETF assets.
Like mutual MOREHibah Yousuf - Jan 11, 2013 2:35 PM ET
The U.S. stock market has been on a bull run since early 2009. At the same time, individual investors have been pulling billions of dollars out of stocks each year.
As the S&P 500 rallied about 13% during the first eleven months of 2012, individual investors yanked about $152 billion from the U.S. stock market, according to data from EPFR Global, a Boston-based firm that tracks fund flows for both mutual MOREHibah Yousuf - Dec 27, 2012 7:32 AM ET
Investors continued to pull money out of U.S. stock funds last week, but the pace of outflows slowed considerably.
U.S. stock mutual funds lost just $481 million in the week ended Nov. 28, according to the Investment Company Institute, far less than the previous week's $7.5 billion withdrawal.
In total, investors have yanked more than $14 billion during the three weeks following President Obama's re-election, as they turn their attention to the MOREHibah Yousuf - Dec 7, 2012 10:05 AM ET
Facebook will make its way into the Nasdaq-100 (NDX) next week, but the social network could find itself in the even more widely tracked S&P 500 (SPX) soon enough, too.
According to Standard and Poor's methodology, "initial public offerings should be seasoned for 6 to 12 months before being considered for addition to an index." Facebook (FB) just celebrated its six-month birthday as a public company a little over two weeks ago.
While MOREHibah Yousuf - Dec 6, 2012 1:41 PM ET
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