Weekly ETF Flows: $14.7B Goes Into Equities

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ETF investors poured almost $15 billion into equities in the past week, about $11 billion of that in U.S. stock funds alone, as the Federal Reserve's bid to boost appetite for risk appeared to be working.

Overall, $17.82 billion flowed into U.S.-listed ETFs, as total assets as of the week ended Sept. 20 climbed 1.6 percent to $1.309 trillion from $1.288 trillion a week ago, according to data compiled by IndexUniverse. The current week's asset total was just shy of a record of nearly $1.311 trillion.


Most of the asset move was due to inflows, but some was due to rising markets too, as the Dow Jones industrial average rose 57 points, or 0.4 percent, in the Thursday-to-Thursday period.

The move into equities was a clear sign markets were responding to the Fed's latest stimulus plans. The central bank decided to launch its third round of quantitative easing last week, committing to buying $40 billion a month in mortgage-backed securities indefinitely, or at least until the U.S. job market shows signs of a stronger revival.

The top three funds in asset gathering told the risk-on tale in broad brush strokes. Those funds and their inflows are as follows:

  • SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca:SPY), inflows of $5.81 billion
  • Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca:VWO), inflows of $1.51 billion
  • SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca:GLD), inflows of $909.7 million

Overall, commodities as an asset class pulled in $1.65 billion.

Last week's least popular fund was the iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (NYSEArca:EWJ), which suffered outflows of $331.4 million in the five-day period. The yen has been strengthening in the past week, which some analysts say could lead to a slowing of Japan's exports.

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
SPY SPDR S&P 500 5,812.00 118,602.51 5.15%
VWO Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets 1,506.34 58,075.83 2.66%
GLD SPDR Gold 909.73 73,954.22 1.25%
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets 888.69 37,073.70 2.46%
XLF Financial Select SPDR 686.15 8,022.05 9.35%
IVV iShares S&P 500 589.81 32,106.21 1.87%
EWZ iShares MSCI Brazil 507.77 8,751.60 6.16%
HYG iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond 502.67 17,394.69 2.98%
XLP Consumer Staples Select SPDR 469.58 6,267.28 8.10%
GDX Market Vectors Gold Miners 359.41 10,021.36 3.72%


Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
EWJ iShares MSCI Japan -331.14 4,304.86 -7.14%
XLU Utilities Select SPDR -300.35 5,864.98 -4.87%
XLV Health Care Select SPDR -275.54 4,786.16 -5.44%
TLT iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond -265.27 2,935.94 -8.29%
XLI Industrial Select SPDR -238.09 3,498.94 -6.37%
BIL SPDR Barclays Capital 1-3 Month T-Bill -197.02 1,040.11 -15.93%
OIH Market Vectors Oil Services -128.51 1,112.83 -10.35%
IEF iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury Bond -85.51 4,538.37 -1.85%
SHY iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury Bond -67.54 8,645.63 -0.78%
IEI iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury Bond -61.50 2,093.89 -2.85%


ETF Weekly Daily Flows By Asset Class

Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
Leveraged 9.69 13,123.71 0.07%
Currency 12.02 3,044.20 0.39%
U.S. Equity 10,839.03 607,775.83 1.78%
International Equity 3,881.53 297,021.57 1.31%
Asset Allocation 18.42 2,225.94 0.83%
Commodities 1,654.26 121,565.58 1.36%
Inverse -174.69 18,837.08 -0.93%
International Fixed Income 228.52 20,586.18 1.11%
Alternatives -30.56 4,041.80 -0.76%
- - 0.00%
Total: 17,720.69 1,308,778.92 1.35%


Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds 'gt;$50 mm AUM

Ticker Name Average Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
Volume
% of Average
IWW iShares Russell 3000 Value 25,111 614,006 489.04%
IWL iShares Russell Top 200 10,314 222,555 431.54%
EUSA iShares MSCI USA 8,622 182,286 422.86%
IYG iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financial Services 57,597 1,096,716 380.82%
LVOL Russell 1000 Low Volatility 41,646 772,720 371.09%
DBO PowerShares DB Oil 345,486 6,264,692 362.66%
DBB PowerShares DB Base Metals 245,618 4,406,684 358.82%
CSM ProShares Credit Suisse 130/30 8,490 143,530 338.13%
LEMB iShares Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond 40,308 670,248 332.56%
SPHQ PowerShares S&P 500 High Quality 41,131 671,605 326.57%


Top 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and 'lt;1,000 Shares Traded

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
AAIT iShares MSCI All Country Asia Information Technology 8.74% 1,317 1.34
AXIT iShares MSCI ACWI ex-US Information Technology 7.46% 2,326 2.66
AXMT iShares MSCI ACWI ex-US Materials 6.96% 1,640 2.69
AXDI iShares MSCI ACWI ex-US Consumer Discretionary 6.47% 3,770 3.08
IDXJ Market Vectors Indonesia Small Cap 6.36% 5,999 2.41
INXX EGShares India Infrastructure 5.47% 96,911 55.00
EMEY iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Energy Sector Capped 5.47% 1,130 2.16
UBM ETRACS CMCI Industrial Metals Total Return ETN 5.20% 18,750 5.57
SCIF Market Vectors India Small-Cap 4.92% 232,179 41.51
JUNR Global X Junior Miners ETF 4.91% 83,040 2.27
Bottom 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and 'lt;1,000 Shares Traded
Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
VIIZ VelocityShares VIX Mid Term ETN -10.12% 1,140 6.12
GRN iPath Global Carbon ETN -8.75% 3,384 1.27
GWO ELEMENTS Credit Suisse Global Warming ETN -8.08% 1,087 2.87
CVOL C-Tracks Exchange-Traded Notes on the Citi Volatility -6.64% 319,391 4.44
JO iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return ETN -6.38% 436,278 37.56
SOYB Teucrium Soybeans -6.34% 174,432 11.51
OIL iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return ETN -5.84% 5,375,724 429.79
UNG United States Natural Gas -5.80% 38,569,908 1,066.79
TWTI RBS Oil Trendpilot ETN -5.76% 44,647 7.80
OLEM iPath Pure Beta Crude Oil ETN -5.71% 16,130 21.28

Top 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
ITB iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction 70.38 2.54 1,390.08
EGPT Market Vectors Egypt 67.65 3.05 57.60
XHB SPDR S&P Homebuilders 51.43 1.64 2,014.10
BBH Market Vectors Biotech 49.11 3.31 135.75
FBT First Trust NYSE Arca Biotechnology 44.55 4.19 259.82
XBI SPDR S&P Biotech 43.48 3.30 694.96
TUR iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market 40.15 -1.96 571.95
IBB iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology 38.16 2.46 2,447.83
TAO Guggenheim China Real Estate 35.25 -0.55 20.88
PKB PowerShares Dynamic Building & Construction 33.83 0.50 31.26

Bottom 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN -75.37 -1.34 1,613.54
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term -75.36 -1.37 159.26
VIIX VelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN -75.33 -1.30 17.31
CVOL C-Tracks Exchange-Traded Notes on the Citi Volatility -74.45 -6.64 4.44
VXZ iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN -44.25 -3.89 176.54
VIXM ProShares VIX Mid-term -43.91 -3.68 93.74
VIIZ VelocityShares VIX Mid Term ETN -43.48 -10.12 6.12
JO iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return ETN -29.92 -6.38 37.56
KWT Market Vectors Solar Energy -28.29 0.78 11.89
CAFE iPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN -27.55 -4.60 1.79

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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