Weekly ETF Flows: Equity ETFs Popular

March 14, 2014

More than $5 billion flowed into U.S.-listed ETFs last week, but falling markets helped pull total assets lower to $1.718 trillion.

Investors poured more than $5 billion into ETFs last week, but markets fell on weak economic data in China and heightened tension between Russia and Ukraine, helping to pull total U.S.-listed ETF assets lower.

About $4.4 billion flowed into U.S. equity strategies, while $976 million flowed into U.S. fixed-income ETFs in the week ended Thursday, March 13. The S&P 500 Index edged lower after reaching record highs in the same week-earlier period.

U.S.-listed ETF assets fell to $1.718 trillion in the past week from $1.739 trillion on Thursday, March 7, according to data compiled by ETF.com Analytics.

The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY | A-98) led all equity funds, raking in $2.3 billion last week, bringing its total assets up to $158.7 billion.

The ProShares Ultra 7-10 Year Treasury ETF (UST) led all ETF outflows, with redemptions of $744 million, bringing its assets down to $45 million and making it the least popular ETF last week.

UST has experienced outflows of some $2.9 billion in the past two weeks, as investors continue to trim their exposure to Treasurys in anticipation of rising interest rates, fueled by the Federal Reserve’s tapering of its bond-buying program.

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
SPY SPDR S&P 500 2,295.00 158,698.31 1.47%
IWM iShares Russell 2000 1,752.98 29,584.24 6.30%
BND Vanguard Total Bond Market 461.18 19,172.17 2.46%
GLD SPDR Gold 414.66 35,773.99 1.17%
GDX Market Vectors Gold Miners 362.31 8,957.49 4.22%
XLF Financial Select SPDR 345.58 18,163.03 1.94%
IVV iShares Core S&P 500 264.77 52,885.69 0.50%
SSO ProShares Ultra S&P 500 261.12 3,112.43 9.16%
VNQ Vanguard REIT 246.67 20,970.15 1.19%
UWM ProShares Ultra Russell 2000 243.88 1,812.49 15.55%

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
UST ProShares Ultra 7-10 Year Treasury -743.66 45.09 -94.28%
XOP SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production -546.80 492.78 -52.60%
QQQ PowerShares QQQ -435.41 45,650.72 -0.94%
XLE Energy Select SPDR -376.63 8,433.64 -4.27%
EWZ iShares MSCI Brazil Capped -284.37 3,635.19 -7.26%
XLU Utilities Select SPDR -282.19 5,089.41 -5.25%
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets -280.29 29,540.08 -0.94%
XLP Consumer Staples Select SPDR -254.64 5,348.13 -4.54%
OIH Market Vectors Oil Services -225.92 1,148.47 -16.44%
JNK SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond -194.97 10,204.55 -1.87%

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 4,361.99 937,644.46 0.47%
International Equity -210.15 396,979.54 -0.05%
U.S. Fixed Income 975.77 240,863.00 0.41%
International Fixed Income -56.11 21,156.69 -0.27%
Commodities 472.52 70,226.32 0.67%
Currency 25.79 1,932.30 1.33%
Leveraged -120.49 21,368.94 -0.56%
Inverse -365.62 20,299.34 -1.80%
Asset Allocation 11.58 4,121.04 0.28%
Alternatives -58.93 3,618.15 -1.63%
Total: 5,036.35 1,718,209.77 0.29%

Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

Ticker Name Average Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
Volume
% of Average
ATMP Barclays ETN+ Select MLP ETN 116,546 2,734,937 469.33%
PLW PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury 217,341 4,605,764 423.83%
CMBS iShares CMBS 15,731 267,571 340.19%
JJC iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Total Return ETN 50,309 838,821 333.47%
TWOK SPDR Russell 2000 18,695 307,845 329.34%
WMCR Guggenheim Wilshire Micro-Cap 20,638 330,001 319.80%
INDA iShares MSCI India 319,803 4,817,518 301.28%
TNDQ RBS NASDAQ-100 Trendpilot ETN 12,410 167,211 269.47%
IMLP iPath S&P MLP ETN 10,292 134,975 262.30%
EMCB WisdomTree Emerging Markets Corporate Bond 9,868 129,028 261.52%

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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
WEAT Teucrium Wheat 5.77% 405,512 13.66
INXX EGShares India Infrastructure 5.69% 42,047 15.93
BAL iPath Dow Jones-UBS Cotton Total Return ETN 4.20% 81,742 25.22
INDY iShares India 50 4.18% 860,479 467.26
GREK Global X FTSE Greece 20 3.75% 1,964,549 240.00
EPI WisdomTree India Earnings 3.73% 22,578,471 868.15
IDXJ Market Vectors Indonesia Small Cap 3.66% 170,421 6.47
CTNN iPath Pure Beta Cotton ETN 3.51% 1,430 2.09
INP iPath MSCI India ETN 3.11% 237,461 349.36
VNM Market Vectors Vietnam 3.01% 1,400,422 507.08

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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
COPX Global X Copper Miners -9.59% 341,103 29.31
CU First Trust ISE Global Copper -8.45% 55,310 27.47
JJC iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Total Return ETN -7.94% 838,821 81.44
CPER United States Copper -7.53% 37,181 1.98
ERUS iShares MSCI Russia Capped -6.53% 3,238,688 204.68
RBL SPDR S&P Russia -6.29% 267,817 13.55
RSX Market Vectors Russia -6.25% 45,774,399 918.49
RSXJ Market Vectors Russia Small-Cap -5.90% 523,470 19.52
ESR iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Eastern Europe -5.63% 105,650 128.97
DBB PowerShares DB Base Metals -5.12% 1,256,229 297.60

Top 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
JNUG Direxion Daily Junior Gold Miners Bull 3X 129.06 3.40 90.02
RUSS Direxion Daily Russia Bear 3X 102.46 23.09 21.79
NUGT Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X 92.41 4.27 917.52
JO iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return ETN 89.32 1.48 168.96
CAFE iPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN 82.24 1.41 9.36
GLDX Global X Gold Explorers 45.98 0.80 46.15
UGLD VelocityShares 3X Long Gold ETN 45.77 6.71 46.64
SILJ PureFunds ISE Junior Silver (Small Cap Miners/Explorers) 40.02 -2.81 6.05
GDXJ Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners 38.93 1.21 2,290.45
GRN iPath Global Carbon ETN 36.38 -4.76 2.05

Bottom 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
JDST Direxion Daily Junior Gold Miners Bear 3X -73.92 -6.17 20.87
DGAZ VelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN -60.23 0.67 411.43
DUST Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X -58.45 -5.60 233.93
RUSL Direxion Daily Russia Bull 3X -57.93 -19.68 24.90
KOLD ProShares UltraShort DJ- UBS Natural Gas -38.26 1.52 88.84
YINN Direxion Daily FTSE China Bull 3X -34.24 -10.19 77.86
DGLD VelocityShares 3X Inverse Gold ETN -34.19 -6.76 15.90
BRZU Direxion Daily Brazil Bull 3x -33.09 -8.57 9.83
LBJ Direxion Daily Latin America Bull 3X -30.80 -6.71 16.27
DSLV VelocityShares 3X Inverse Silver ETN -30.43 -2.31 20.89

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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