Woes Aside, Small-Cap IWM Top Asset Gainer

U.S. equity ETFs raked in $6.3 billion, led by inflows into IWM.

Reviewed by: Cinthia Murphy
Edited by: Cinthia Murphy

U.S. equity ETFs raked in $6.3 billion, led by inflows into IWM.


Investors poured $6.3 billion into U.S. equity ETFs in the past week, and surprisingly, about a third of that new money landed into the largest small-cap ETF in the market, the $24 billion iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM | A-84).

Small-cap U.S. stocks have been under pressure so far in 2014, and this past week was no different, with funds like IWM slipping another 1.1 percent in five days. The performance of the segment has been fueling concerns that the five-year-old U.S. stock rally may be beginning to falter.

IWM has now bled nearly 5 percent of value year-to-date, even as the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average forged new highs. But in the past five days, investors poured a net of $2.4 billion into the fund—a testament that appetite for risk isn’t dead, after all.

In all, $8.85 billion of net new assets found their way into various ETFs this past week, pushing total U.S.-listed ETF assets up to $1.766 trillion.

U.S. fixed-income ETFs attracted a net of $649 million in the week, but the only bond ETF to make it in to our “top 10” tallies was the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG | B-69), with net redemptions of $179 million.

HYG, which boasts nearly $13 billion in total assets, invests in the high-yield corporate bond market. Year-to-date, the fund has delivered total returns of 3.8 percent.

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
IWMiShares Russell 20002,470.3325,933.8510.53%
SPYSPDR S&P 5001,243.70156,123.340.80%
QQQPowerShares QQQ435.5339,966.761.10%
VGKVanguard FTSE Europe422.6917,109.542.53%
EEMiShares MSCI Emerging Markets421.0037,596.851.13%
XLEEnergy Select SPDR383.0911,401.333.48%
IVViShares Core S&P 500314.5556,810.890.56%
XLUUtilities Select SPDR304.206,368.395.02%
XLIIndustrial Select SPDR211.159,901.682.18%
VOOVanguard S&P 500209.2918,152.391.17%

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
IVWiShares S&P 500 Growth-283.209,290.18-2.96%
IYRiShares U.S. Real Estate-180.944,632.94-3.76%
HYGiShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond-179.1312,762.85-1.38%
IJRiShares Core S&P Small-Cap-132.3613,053.75-1.00%
DXJWisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity-131.4910,570.55-1.23%
DIASPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average Trust-124.4711,001.93-1.12%
MDYSPDR S&P MidCap 400-112.2115,060.14-0.74%
KRESPDR S&P Regional Banking-97.552,313.83-4.05%
IJKiShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 Growth-89.444,311.45-2.03%
IGViShares North American Tech-Software-87.721,185.30-6.89%

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity6,311.29944,720.680.67%
International Equity1,970.50429,152.870.46%
U.S. Fixed Income648.94251,558.470.26%
International Fixed Income71.0022,991.260.31%
Asset Allocation30.574,515.920.68%

Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

TickerNameAverage Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
% of Average
TOKiShares MSCI Kokusai28,252652,846462.17%
DBEPowerShares DB Energy97,7072,154,342440.98%
DBBPowerShares DB Base Metals196,3303,986,109406.06%
EPUiShares MSCI All Peru Capped169,4203,306,963390.39%
DOOWisdomTree International Dividend ex-Financials41,656765,132367.36%
LWCSPDR Barclays Long Term Corporate Bond52,015929,112357.25%
PPAPowerShares Aerospace & Defense64,8111,140,580351.97%
DBEUdb X-trackers MSCI Europe Hedged Equity116,8492,029,939347.45%
XSDSPDR S&P Semiconductor103,6881,669,933322.11%
PSJPowerShares Dynamic Software16,424243,023295.94%

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

TickerNameWeekly PerformanceWeekly VolumeAUM ($, mm)
INXXEGShares India Infrastructure11.17%390,56321.44
SCINEGShares India Small Cap8.56%353,20817.84
EPIWisdomTree India Earnings7.61%32,968,4821,153.14
INDYiShares India 507.31%1,759,882541.16
PINPowerShares India6.86%4,752,420428.20
INDAiShares MSCI India6.81%4,334,409817.18
INPiPath MSCI India ETN6.63%345,141383.85
KWEBKraneShares CSI China Internet6.02%371,26565.82
TDXdb X-trackers In-Target Date5.93%1,35111.65
SCIFMarket Vectors India Small-Cap5.82%1,261,421244.15

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

TickerNameWeekly PerformanceWeekly VolumeAUM ($, mm)
FUEELEMENTS MLCX Biofuels Total Return ETN-9.79%23,1841.01
GREKGlobal X FTSE Greece 20-9.32%3,014,635188.37
WEATTeucrium Wheat-7.72%123,18312.48
DCNGiPath Pure Beta Seasonal Natural Gas ETN-7.18%2,9397.69
PGALGlobal X FTSE Portugal 20-7.05%69,13224.33
EWIiShares MSCI Italy Capped-6.15%31,405,4761,411.83
GRUELEMENTS MLCX Grains - Total Return ETN-5.86%28,9957.39
CORNTeucrium Corn-5.75%830,13697.28
EIRLiShares MSCI Ireland Capped-5.69%516,094170.10
JJNiPath Dow Jones-UBS Nickel Total Return ETN-5.60%392,80016.84

Top 10 YTD Performers

TickerNameYTD PerformanceWeekly PerformanceAUM ($, mm)
JOiPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return ETN77.790.29100.47
CAFEiPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN71.340.128.86
BOSPowerShares DB Base Metals Short ETN50.86-1.501.83
DRNDirexion Daily Real Estate Bull 3x49.29-1.08104.65
DDPPowerShares DB Commodity Short ETN48.06-0.743.40
TMFDirexion Daily 20 Year Plus Treasury Bull 3x41.726.0040.16
AGFPowerShares DB Agriculture Long ETN40.191.553.72
LBNDPowerShares DB 3X Long 25+ Year Treasury Bond ETN35.625.4228.09
JJNiPath Dow Jones-UBS Nickel Total Return ETN33.46-5.6016.84
GASLDirexion Daily Natural Gas Related Bull 3X Shares32.54-2.6115.69

Bottom 10 YTD Performers

TickerNameYTD PerformanceWeekly PerformanceAUM ($, mm)
DGAZVelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN-62.568.52431.63
JDSTDirexion Daily Junior Gold Miners Bear 3X-61.480.2527.31
RUSLDirexion Daily Russia Bull 3X-48.812.7271.37
DUSTDirexion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X-43.681.68175.05
KOLDProShares UltraShort DJ- UBS Natural Gas-39.376.1965.62
DRVDirexion Daily Real Estate Bear 3x-36.920.8910.56
GASXDirexion Daily Natural Gas Related Bear 3X Shares-35.292.1110.86
BRZSDirexion Daily Brazil Bear 3x-33.97-0.593.31
TMVDirexion Daily 20 Year Plus Treasury Bear 3x-32.85-5.95495.42
EMSAiPath Short Enhanced MSCI Emerging Markets ETN-32.700.004.43

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.

Cinthia Murphy is head of digital experience, advocating for the user in all that etf.com does. She previously served as managing editor and writer for etf.com, specializing in ETF content and multimedia. Cinthia’s experience includes time at Dow Jones and former BridgeNews, covering commodity futures markets in Chicago and Brazil equities in Sao Paulo. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.