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TD Ameritrade investors looking for safer options as they reduce market exposure


OMAHA, Nebraska — TD Ameritrade investors are looking for safer options and reducing their exposure to the stock market.

TD Ameritrade said Monday that its Investor Movement Index decreased to 4.85 in January from December's 5.12. The index uses a six-point scale to describe what investors are buying and selling.

TD Ameritrade's Nicole Sherrod says the company's six million investors were still net buyers of equities, but established stocks that pay dividends have been popular lately.

Sherrod says investors seem to be concerned about the global economy.

Investors were again net buyers of oil producers BP, Chevron and ConocoPhillips. Other popular investments included Disney, AT&T and General Electric.

Ameritrade investors were net sellers of retailers JC Penney and Rite Aid after both reported positive sales figures.

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