OMAHA (AP) — TD Ameritrade's clients were net buyers of equities in a volatile January, but they sought out safer dividend-paying options.

The online brokerage says its Investor Movement Index declined to 4.52 in January from December's 4.92. The six-point index is based on what investors are buying and selling.

TD Ameritrade's Nicole Sherrod said the declining markets last month made things challenging for investors. The company's clients were logging into their accounts often to check on the markets.

Some of the stocks investors bought most often were Facebook, Apple, Netflix, AT&T, Verizon and Ford.

The stocks most commonly sold included Yahoo, Alibaba and Keurig Green Mountain.

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