Weekly ETF Flows: Stocks Back In Favor

Close to $11 billion flowed back into equity ETFs last week, amid promises from the Fed’s new chairman to keep tapering in place.

Reviewed by: etf.com Staff
Edited by: etf.com Staff

Close to $11 billion flowed back into equity ETFs last week, amid promises from the Fed’s new chairman to keep tapering in place.

Investors plowed close to $11 billion into equities-focused ETFs last week, $9.24 billion of it to U.S. equities strategies, as markets surged in the wake of Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen’s promises to stay the course on reducing the central bank’s economic stimulus.

Fixed-income ETFs experienced total inflows of $2.6 billion, which paled in comparison with last week’s $11.26 billion in fixed-income inflows, but investors showed continued optimism about the market nonetheless.

Overall, investors piled $14.0 billion into ETFs in the week ended Thursday, Feb. 13, pulling total U.S.-listed ETF assets up by 3.4 percent to $1.683 trillion, according to data compiled by ETF.com.

The dramatic pivot in ETF flows followed Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s promise Tuesday to stay on course to pare the Fed’s economic stimulus program despite a recent slowdown in job growth.

Markets rallied around Yellen’s statements before the House Financial Services Committee to “be very careful not to jump to conclusions" about recent weak job gains, citing arctic winter conditions that adversely affected the economy and job market.

So, investors are rewarding equities and buying bond funds spanning the yield curve and credit quality.

The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY | A-97) led all equity funds, raking in $5.3 billion last week, bringing its total assets up to $154.0 billion. The Pimco 0-5 Year High Yield Corporate Bond (HYS) led all bond inflows, pulling in $504.7 million.

On the contrary, the iShares U.S. Industrials (IYJ | A-93) was the least popular ETF last week, redeeming $636.6 million, bringing its assets down to $1.28 billion.


Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
SPYSPDR S&P 5005,302.16154,044.553.56%
IWMiShares Russell 20001,423.2825,449.505.92%
IVViShares Core S&P 500559.8449,281.531.15%
HYSPIMCO 0-5 Year High Yield Corporate Bond504.744,242.4313.50%
IYHiShares U.S. Healthcare414.722,758.7317.69%
EFAiShares MSCI EAFE395.1652,674.830.76%
VNQVanguard REIT392.3619,494.712.05%
GLDSPDR Gold386.4733,581.181.16%
XLFFinancial Select SPDR359.5116,764.842.19%
XLBMaterials Select SPDR355.355,004.577.64%

Top 9 Redemptions (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
IYJiShares U.S. Industrials-636.591,281.53-33.19%
IYEiShares U.S. Energy-635.801,218.82-34.28%
VIGVanguard Dividend Appreciation-618.5518,272.87-3.27%
XLEEnergy Select SPDR-287.847,455.92-3.72%
FXNFirst Trust Energy AlphaDEX-268.39151.09-63.98%
FXRFirst Trust Industrials/Producer Durables AlphaDEX-266.24735.08-26.59%
IYRiShares U.S. Real Estate-252.273,948.84-6.00%
MOOMarket Vectors Agribusiness-222.493,802.18-5.53%
MDYSPDR S&P MidCap 400-220.4114,805.24-1.47%

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity 9,239.22905,280.111.02%
International Equity 1,714.55394,572.910.43%
U.S. Fixed Income 2,476.93245,748.781.01%
International Fixed Income 105.4720,792.880.51%
Commodities 324.5566,116.710.49%
Currency -44.831,994.76-2.25%
Leveraged -76.5921,229.98-0.36%
Inverse 37.4020,488.830.18%
Asset Allocation 49.473,987.041.24%
Alternatives 179.733,424.885.25%

Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

TickerNameAverage Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
% of Average
FTGCFirst Trust Global Tactical Commodity Strategy77,1992,076,928538.07%
FXNFirst Trust Energy AlphaDEX692,77112,605,309363.91%
RYEGuggenheim S&P Equal Weight Energy12,388207,239334.58%
IYEiShares U.S. Energy1,234,71620,127,084326.02%
IYJiShares U.S. Industrials594,3069,464,729318.51%
DBBPowerShares DB Base Metals444,8536,641,257298.58%
RIGSRiverFront Strategic Income98,2871,455,298296.13%
VCLTVanguard Long-Term Corporate Bond173,0242,428,229280.68%
TUZPIMCO 1-3 Year U.S. Treasury25,649353,877275.94%
MBGSPDR Barclays Mortgage Backed Bond23,087316,892274.53%

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

TickerNameWeekly PerformanceWeekly VolumeAUM ($, mm)
GDXJMarket Vectors Junior Gold Miners14.39%23,802,6321,899.64
GLDXGlobal X Gold Explorers13.67%620,37039.32
SILGlobal X Silver Miners13.36%2,917,562252.72
SLVPiShares MSCI Global Silver Miners12.38%106,39910.38
SILJPureFunds ISE Junior Silver (Small Cap Miners/Explorers)12.11%154,9122.61
GGGGGlobal X PURE Gold Miners12.04%33,0073.60
PSAUPowerShares Global Gold and Precious Metals9.06%99,25026.41
GDXMarket Vectors Gold Miners8.74%265,626,5757,988.71
JUNRGlobal X Junior Miners8.71%110,0425.59
RINGiShares MSCI Global Gold Miners8.00%383,87755.05

Bottom 8 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and <1,000 Shares Traded

TickerNameWeekly PerformanceWeekly VolumeAUM ($, mm)
VIXYProShares VIX Short-Term-17.81%4,139,258111.49
VIIXVelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN-17.70%442,6839.76
VXXiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN-17.70%181,516,567907.16
VIXMProShares VIX Mid-term-9.44%383,91056.34
VIIZVelocityShares VIX Mid Term ETN-9.43%59,7721.92
VXZiPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN-9.43%3,546,04993.02
XVZiPath S&P Dynamic VIX ETN-8.31%314,78864.66
SGGiPath Dow Jones-UBS Sugar Total Return ETN-3.99%117,41430.11

Top 10 YTD Performers

TickerNameYTD PerformanceWeekly PerformanceAUM ($, mm)
JNUGDirexion Daily Junior Gold Miners Bull 3X121.9346.4552.26
NUGTDirexion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X71.1227.15821.20
GLDXGlobal X Gold Explorers35.8913.6739.32
SILJPureFunds ISE Junior Silver (Small Cap Miners/Explorers)35.3312.112.61
GDXJMarket Vectors Junior Gold Miners34.2514.391,899.64
GRNiPath Global Carbon ETN31.587.672.54
RUSSDirexion Daily Russia Bear 3X28.11-13.007.93
UGAZVelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN26.60-30.45107.72
JOiPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return ETN25.850.72169.27
BRZSDirexion Daily Brazil Bear 3x25.11-12.273.21

Bottom 10 YTD Performers

TickerNameYTD PerformanceWeekly PerformanceAUM ($, mm)
JDSTDirexion Daily Junior Gold Miners Bear 3X-66.88-35.9810.75
DGAZVelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN-55.7632.17257.97
DUSTDirexion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X-49.21-24.07204.56
KOLDProShares UltraShort DJ- UBS Natural Gas-37.2421.7455.29
RUSLDirexion Daily Russia Bull 3X-26.9114.0219.13
BRZUDirexion Daily Brazil Bull 3x-26.2612.057.34
YINNDirexion Daily FTSE China Bull 3X-23.7610.8194.55
BISProShares UltraShort NASDAQ Biotech-23.29-11.0911.89
LBJDirexion Daily Latin America Bull 3X-23.0812.1718.50
KORUDirexion Daily South Korea Bull 3x-22.2410.332.18

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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