March 29, 2005 — Sales of stock mutual funds that invest overseas outpaced those that focus on the U.S. for the third straight month in February.

International stock mutual funds and exchange-traded funds raked in about $21.5 billion in assets in the second month of this year, while domestic offerings attracted $5.8 billion, and bond funds netted $979 million, according to Financial Research Corp.

American Funds continued to dominate sales among big U.S. mutual fund complexes, drawing inflows of $7.9 billion. The company’s Capital Income Builder Fund/A (CAIBX), which invests in domestic and foreign stocks and bonds, was the top selling fund, taking in an estimated $1.6 billion.

American was trailed by Vanguard Group, the second-largest U.S. mutual fund company, which took in $5.6 billion, and ETF powerhouse Barclay’s Global Investors, which saw inflows of $3.1 billion.

Investors put $1.39 billion into First Eagle Global Fund/A (SGENX), which invests in foreign stocks, making it the second-best selling fund in February. Third place went to American’s Growth Fund of America/A (AGTHX), a domestic equity fund that attracted $1.36 billion.

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