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Weekly ETF Fund Flows: EEM Gains, SPY Loses

Weekly ETF Fund Flows: EEM Gains, SPY Loses

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The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) was the most popular ETF in the week ended Thursday, gathering $1.48 billion in assets, and outshining yet again its Vanguard rival in the competition for investor dollars.

EEM now boasts $52.19 billion in assets, a growth in assets that has allowed the fund to slowly close in the gap with the larger, and much cheaper, $61.46 billion Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets Fund (NYSEArca: VWO).

Truth be told, VWO was also popular, ranking among the top-10 creations for the week, as inflows of $316 million continued to demonstrate that investors' appetite for international equities is alive and well. In fact, investors poured some $3.85 billion into the asset class.

But what has been nothing short of a dramatic reversal in asset flows, as IU's Managing Editor Olly Ludwig pointed out in a recent blog, that started when Vanguard announced it would be switching VWO's benchmark to a FTSE index this year, continues to hold true.

Vanguard began transitioning VWO's portfolio to its new FTSE benchmark this week by changing the fund's name and linking it to a transitional index.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, another popular fund this week was the iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWJ), which gathered $354 million in what is a testament to investors' growing confidence in the Japanese economy.

Japan announced Friday a $116 billion stimulus plan that is expected to spur growth, job creation, and ultimately push an economy that has been plagued by deflation for 20-plus years out of its doldrums. EWJ invests in some of the largest Japanese companies like Toyota, Honda and Canon.

On the flip side, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) saw net outflows of $6.07 billion in the past five days, leading the charts in terms of redemptions. Altogether, investors pulled a net of $767 million out of U.S. equities funds.

A roster of fixed income strategies including ETFs that invest in Treasurys, TIPS and corporate bonds was also among the week's least popular funds.

 

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets 1,479.91 52,193.44 2.92%
QQQ PowerShares QQQ 482.92 33,311.36 1.47%
XLF Financial Select SPDR 457.24 10,228.17 4.68%
MDY SPDR S&P MidCap 400 377.06 11,103.79 3.52%
RSP Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight 376.35 3,620.62 11.60%
EWJ iShares MSCI Japan 345.13 5,586.49 6.58%
VWO Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets 316.01 61,460.25 0.52%
XLY Consumer Discretionary Select SPDR 244.78 3,955.23 6.60%
XLB Materials Select SPDR 244.14 2,990.06 8.89%
XLK Technology Select SPDR 233.00 8,763.35 2.73%


Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
SPY SPDR S&P 500 -6,079.11 127,946.61 -4.54%
GDX Market Vectors Gold Miners -448.76 8,763.79 -4.87%
UST ProShares Ultra 7-10 Year Treasury -323.53 25.13 -92.79%
LQD iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond -301.59 24,984.90 -1.19%
FAS Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3x -200.93 1,131.54 -15.08%
XRT SPDR S&P Retail -184.26 504.56 -26.75%
IYR iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate -166.22 4,058.33 -3.93%
TIP iShares Barclays TIPS Bond -157.25 22,032.92 -0.71%
IEI iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury Bond -147.42 2,041.63 -6.73%
SHV iShares Barclays Short Treasury Bond -143.30 2,447.11 -5.53%


ETF Weekly Daily Flows By Asset Class

Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
Leveraged -326.99 14,184.64 -2.31%
Currency 257.74 2,966.64 8.69%
U.S. Equity -767.45 636,425.07 -0.12%
International Equity 3,852.60 348,525.04 1.11%
Asset Allocation 27.91 2,510.94 1.11%
Commodities -97.39 118,338.90 -0.08%
Inverse -73.99 16,277.61 -0.45%
International Fixed Income 478.73 26,477.26 1.81%
Alternatives 68.56 3,208.20 2.14%
- - 0.00%
Total: 3,204.55 1,395,127.68 0.23%


Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

Ticker Name Average Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
Volume
% of Average
GMM SPDR S&P Emerging Markets 36,001 795,953 442.19%
CEW WisdomTree Dreyfus Emerging Currency 157,891 3,352,147 424.62%
RYH Guggenheim S&P Equal Weight Health Care 22,798 432,231 379.18%
FXB CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust 32,485 537,103 330.67%
SLYG SPDR S&P SmallCap 600 Growth 5,385 82,348 305.84%
DBP PowerShares DB Precious Metals 82,472 1,260,117 305.59%
GWX SPDR S&P International Small Cap 167,526 2,526,403 301.61%
PPH Market Vectors Pharmaceutical 93,656 1,405,720 300.19%
DFJ WisdomTree Japan SmallCap Dividend 84,023 1,236,732 294.38%
BSJD Guggenheim BulletShares 2013 High Yield Corporate Bond 66,562 943,410 283.47%


Top 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and <1,000 Shares Traded

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
VNM Market Vectors Vietnam 9.63% 3,170,295 334.68
PWND PowerShares Global Wind Energy 7.36% 131,854 9.11
KWT Market Vectors Solar Energy 6.72% 87,312 13.34
FAN First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy 5.61% 97,237 21.03
TAN Guggenheim Solar 5.52% 968,518 59.22
CQQQ Guggenheim China Technology 5.22% 41,726 19.22
XBI SPDR S&P Biotech 4.39% 1,295,577 725.95
PBE PowerShares Dynamic Biotech & Genome 4.34% 50,219 133.58
EWP iShares MSCI Spain 4.32% 2,140,518 253.83
URA Global X Uranium 4.04% 1,556,051 143.17

Bottom 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and <1,000 Shares Traded

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
VIIX VelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN -7.06% 1,348,610 14.71
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN -7.06% 128,576,927 978.49
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term -7.02% 4,857,484 140.09
VIIZ VelocityShares VIX Mid Term ETN -2.95% 49,000 4.62
VXZ iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN -2.95% 1,939,016 68.15
VIXM ProShares VIX Mid-term -2.95% 434,564 29.21
LD iPath Dow Jones-UBS Lead Total Return ETN -2.70% 9,807 5.07
LEDD iPath Pure Beta Lead ETN -2.69% 6,000 0.86
EIDO iShares MSCI Indonesia Investable Market -2.20% 1,665,003 392.08
COW iPath Dow Jones-UBS Livestock Total Return ETN -2.12% 188,891 71.42

Top 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
KWT Market Vectors Solar Energy 22.25 6.72 13.34
TAN Guggenheim Solar 21.99 5.52 59.22
VNM Market Vectors Vietnam 13.01 9.63 334.68
PWND PowerShares Global Wind Energy 10.57 7.36 9.11
CHIM Global X China Materials 9.50 2.65 2.90
CQQQ Guggenheim China Technology 9.38 5.22 19.22
FAN First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy 8.64 5.61 21.03
XBI SPDR S&P Biotech 8.54 4.39 725.95
ECNS iShares MSCI China Small Cap 8.37 4.00 23.85
CHII Global X China Industrials 8.05 3.10 5.32

Bottom 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN -15.80 -7.06 978.49
VIIX VelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN -15.80 -7.06 14.71
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term -15.69 -7.02 140.09
VIXM ProShares VIX Mid-term -9.47 -2.95 29.21
VXZ iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN -9.46 -2.95 68.15
VIIZ VelocityShares VIX Mid Term ETN -9.46 -2.95 4.62
GRN iPath Global Carbon ETN -8.74 -5.08 0.86
GAZ iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return ETN -6.22 -0.26 33.47
XVZ iPath S&P Dynamic VIX ETN -5.63 0.07 201.55
UNG United States Natural Gas -4.74 -0.17 1,142.99

Disclaimer: All data as of 6 a.m. Eastern time the date the article is published. Data is believed to be accurate; however, transient market data is often subject to subsequent revision and correction by the exchanges.

 

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