Investors continued to pull their money out of stocks funds over the last week as the bears refused to relinquish their hold on Wall Street.
Investors redeemed $14.21 billion during the week ended Wednesday, net of new sales., according to TrimTabs Investment Research of Santa Rosa, Calif. That was up from $12.25 billion the previous week.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 12,466.16 Wednesday, down 2.1% from 12,735.31 on Jan. 9.
"What a week," said Vincent Deluard, global equities strategist at TrimTabs. "There were big outflows -- no surprises here."Funds investing primarily in U.S. stocks saw a net $8.25 billion walk out the door, down slightly from $8.90 billion during the previous week. Deluard said that from May to January, investors have pulled a net $102 billion from U.S. equity mutual funds. Funds investing primarily in non-U.S. stocks had net outflows about $6 billion, nearly twice as much as $3.35 billion the previous week. Stock market losses wre good for bond funds, which took in a net $2.12 billion, up from $1.6 billion the previous week. Hybrid funds, which invest in both stocks and bonds, took in $908 million, up from $680 million the previous week. Investors added $8.53 billion to exchange-traded funds during the past week, reversing the $7.79 billion they pulled out the previous week. ETFs that invest in non-U.S. stocks took in $1.14 billion, after seeing $1.09 billion walk out the door the previous week. Deluard notes that that ETFs attract more institutional investors, who tend to have a longer-term investment horizon, while mutual funds attract retail investors, who can be more skittish. "From a logical standpoint," he said, "if you see equities going down, you may want to stick it out and buy, not sell, which is something people are doing right now."