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 continue to flee the stock market and move their money into bonds.
U.S. stock mutual funds lost $1.87 billion during the week ended Oct. 24, according to the Investment Company Institute. That's an improvement over the prior week, when investors pulled $2.12 billion out. At the same time, investors continued to add to their bond holdings with U.S. bond mutual funds seeing inflows of $6.6 billion.
And ICI data show MOREMaureen Farrell - Nov 2, 2012 5:52 AM ET
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