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.
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
Investors have been pulling money of the U.S. stocks for months, but the pace of outflows has picked up during the past couple of weeks.
U.S. stock mutual funds lost more than $7.5 billion in the week ended Nov. 20, according to the Investment Company Institute, adding to the previous week's $6.6 billion withdrawal.
In total, investors have yanked more than $14 billion during the two weeks following President Obama's re-election, as MOREHibah Yousuf - Nov 30, 2012 11:29 AM ET
Investors continued to buy up bonds and unload stocks last week, as they reacted to President Obama's re-election and geared up for a heated debate over how to solve the fiscal cliff.
While bond funds raked in $7.5 billion, U.S. stock mutual funds lost another $2.1 billion during the week ended Nov. 7, according to the Investment Company Institute.
The total inflow into bonds this year is now more than $275 billion, while MOREHibah Yousuf - Nov 15, 2012 11:19 AM ET
With the two-day market shutdown due to Hurricane Sandy, investors didn't do much with their money last week.
Overall, they pulled $488 million from long-term mutual funds in the week ended Oct. 31, according to the Investment Company Institute.
But that's far less than normal.
During a typical week this year, investors have injected an average of $5 billion into mutual funds.
The limited activity was partly due to the closure of U.S. MOREHibah Yousuf - Nov 8, 2012 2:22 PM ET
Investors continued to pull out of U.S. stocks last week, as worries about slowing global growth and a lackluster start to the third-quarter earnings period dampened investors' spirits.
U.S. stock mutual funds lost $2.3 billion during the week ended Oct. 10, according to data from the Investment Company Institute. That was far less than the prior week, when investors yanked $10.6 billion. Nonetheless, it still marked the 12th straight week of outflows.
Pessimism toward MOREHibah Yousuf - Oct 18, 2012 10:43 AM ET
Investors have been bailing out of the stock market all year, but the exodus picked up considerable speed last week.
U.S. stock mutual funds bled nearly $10.6 billion during the week ended Oct. 3, the most since the week in August 2011 when Standard and Poor's downgraded the U.S. credit rating following the debt ceiling brawl in Washington, according to data from the Investment Company Institute.
That brings the total 2012 outflow from U.S. MOREHibah Yousuf - Oct 11, 2012 1:35 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 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
Maybe it's the heat but investors have slowed their flight for the exits.
U.S. stock mutual funds lost only $1.47 billion during the week ended July 11, according to the Investment Company Institute. A week earlier, investors pulled out more than twice that much: $3.2 billion. Investors have now withdrawn money from the stock market for 20 of the past 21 weeks.
There is a lot to worry about. Europe is far MORECatherine Tymkiw - Jul 19, 2012 9:32 AM ET
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