Sensing an opportunity that hasn't presented itself too many times since the Great Recession ended, investors pounced in February.
TD Ameritrade clients appeared to use the pullback in stocks last month as a buying opportunity, the online brokerage house revealed Monday in its latest investor movement index summary. Unsurprisingly, investors gravitated to big-cap stocks with the most widely recognized names.
Stocks That Were Net Buys in February
(GE) - Get Report and Ford
(F) - Get Report caught interest after shares hovered around multi-year lows, TD Ameritrade said.
Action Alerts Plus holdings Apple
(AAPL) - Get Report and Amazon
(AMZN) - Get Report were bought after shares were sold despite solid fourth-quarter earnings from each.
(BA) - Get Report , 2017's hottest component in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, was a net buy.
Action Alerts Plus holding Microsoft
(MSFT) - Get Report received interest as it continued to execute on its turnaround under CEO Satya Nadella.
Off some 20% from its recent highs, Chinese internet search giant Alibaba
(BABA) - Get Report was a net buy in the month.
Other popular names, according to TD Ameritrade, included Action Alerts Plus holding Nvidia
(NVDA) - Get Report , Berkshire Hathaway
(BRK.A) - Get Report and Netflix
(NFLX) - Get Report . Netflix continues to be one of the hottest names in the market, and is up 50% year to date.
Stocks That Were Net Sells in February
Not every big-cap stock caught the attention of bottom fishers, however.
Action Alerts Plus holding Facebook's
(FB) - Get Report stock was a net sell after concerns arose over changes to its news feed.
(TGT) - Get Report was net sold as investors grew fearful about fourth-quarter earnings following Walmart's
(WMT) - Get Report surprising earnings miss.
(BMY) - Get Report was net sold after its stock reached an 18-month high.