Weekly ETF Flows: DXJ Still Red Hot

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Investors continued to flock to the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca:DXJ) amid ongoing jaw-boning by Japanese officials regarding their aim to weaken the yen to help bring an end to almost 25 years of sluggish growth for the world's No. 3 economy.

DXJ hauled in $715.7 million in fresh assets, making it the No. 2 fund on IndexUniverse's top 10 inflows list in the past week, behind the iShares Russell 2000 Index Fund (NYSEArca:IWM), which gathered almost $806 million in the five-day trading period ended Thursday, Feb. 7.

Overall, net inflows totaled almost $2 billion and the Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.6 percent, lifting total U.S.-listed ETF assets to $1.425 trillion, compared with $1.423 trillion in the prior period.

The flows into DXJ lifted assets to nearly $3.25 billion, according to data compiled by IndexUniverse. It's hard to believe, but DXJ ended 2012 with $1.22 billion after gathering $740 million in assets-barely more than what it pulled in the past week.

The rapid asset gathering began last fall when it became clear that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would lead Japan and that his yen-weakening policies would carry the day.

That said, Japanese officials have begun to voice concern that the yen may be falling too quickly against the dollar, and how that affects investor sentiment toward ETFs such as DXJ remains to be seen.

Bond-Fund Redemptions

While last week's least popular fund was the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca:SPY), dropping $2.75 billion in assets, half the securities on the top 10 outflows list were focused on fixed income-the latest sign that investors may be slowly positioning themselves for an increase in official interest rates.

Some of those funds on the list were among the biggest bond funds in the U.S. markets.

For example, in the No. 3 spot on the outflows list was the $21 billion iShares Barclays TIPS Bond Fund (NYSEArca:TIP). It dropped $688.7 million in assets.

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
IWM iShares Russell 2000 805.96 19,118.43 4.40%
DXJ WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity 715.66 3,246.08 28.28%
IYR iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate 601.80 5,093.51 13.40%
XLF Financial Select SPDR 370.75 10,868.72 3.53%
EWH iShares MSCI Hong Kong 282.68 3,492.81 8.81%
VTI Vanguard Total Stock Market 260.34 27,194.89 0.97%
XLI Industrial Select SPDR 205.89 4,745.15 4.54%
XRT SPDR S&P Retail 197.41 958.78 25.93%
HYS PIMCO 0-5 Year High Yield Corporate Bond 176.20 1,082.93 19.43%
TLT iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond 174.38 3,114.86 5.93%


Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
SPY SPDR S&P 500 -2,746.75 123,929.57 -2.17%
QQQ PowerShares QQQ -1,085.53 31,931.86 -3.29%
TIP iShares Barclays TIPS Bond -688.69 21,424.60 -3.11%
JNK SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond -418.94 12,262.16 -3.30%
HYG iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond -345.37 15,360.90 -2.20%
DIA SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average Trust -334.88 10,700.74 -3.03%
VIG Vanguard Dividend Appreciation -312.57 13,560.83 -2.25%
VNQ Vanguard REIT -285.64 16,664.02 -1.69%
LQD iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond -214.73 24,027.02 -0.89%
EMB J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond -178.44 6,345.90 -2.74%


ETF Weekly Daily Flows By Asset Class

Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity -531.53 657,943.55 -0.08%
International Equity 2,280.47 356,293.69 0.64%
U.S. Fixed Income -598.84 225,714.57 -0.27%
International Fixed Income 117.10 26,700.89 0.44%
Commodities 262.49 119,105.28 0.22%
Currency -6.31 2,760.33 -0.23%
Leveraged -57.36 13,834.97 -0.41%
Inverse 488.82 17,293.18 2.83%
Asset Allocation 53.00 2,744.04 1.93%
Alternatives -32.18 3,020.01 -1.07%
Total: 1,975.67 1,425,410.50 0.14%


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

Ticker Name Average Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
Volume
% of Average
AGOL ETFS Physical Asian Gold 1,641 31,000 377.86%
EPS WisdomTree Earnings 500 4,491 75,523 336.34%
PBD PowerShares Global Clean Energy 56,847 930,223 327.27%
DBE PowerShares DB Energy 100,000 1,541,993 308.40%
EUSA iShares MSCI USA 24,836 372,081 299.63%
XES SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services 158,496 2,317,725 292.46%
GBF iShares Barclays Government/Credit Bond 19,349 276,436 285.74%
GSY Guggenheim Enhanced Short Duration Bond 52,102 730,198 280.30%
ILTB iShares Core Long-Term U.S. Bond 126,977 1,754,340 276.32%
FLOT iShares Floating Rate Note 290,422 3,943,995 271.60%


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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
GRN iPath Global Carbon ETN 25.34% 5,225 0.62
GREK Global X FTSE Greece 20 4.92% 194,745 29.06
PSCE PowerShares S&P SmallCap Energy 4.48% 29,589 27.66
PLTM First Trust ISE Global Platinum 4.44% 373,695 13.12
VNM Market Vectors Vietnam 4.16% 4,907,700 412.34
QCLN First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy 3.88% 14,571 15.56
PPLT ETFS Physical Platinum 3.82% 424,340 911.69
PWND PowerShares Global Wind Energy 3.65% 43,044 9.24
EPHE iShares MSCI Philippines Investable Market 3.61% 1,392,345 288.08
IGN iShares S&P North American Technology-Multimedia Networking 3.58% 299,536 325.05
Bottom 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and 'lt;1,000 Shares Traded
Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
EWI iShares MSCI Italy -7.25% 8,434,186 565.58
EWP iShares MSCI Spain -5.81% 5,010,884 273.13
FEZ SPDR Euro STOXX 50 -5.17% 4,483,457 1,616.81
JO iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return ETN -4.77% 808,197 105.50
CHIX Global X China Financials -4.66% 178,908 9.60
GLDX Global X Gold Explorers -4.63% 307,170 37.38
EWQ iShares MSCI France -4.39% 2,875,065 461.54
CORN Teucrium Corn -4.27% 300,140 42.63
CAFE iPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN -4.23% 16,883 2.71
EZU iShares MSCI EMU -4.23% 9,309,280 2,449.02

Top 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
VNM Market Vectors Vietnam 25.55 4.16 412.34
TAN Guggenheim Solar 17.54 1.56 64.35
KBWC PowerShares KBW Capital Markets 16.25 2.66 9.61
IAI iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker-Dealers 16.04 2.53 65.81
PXJ PowerShares Dynamic Oil & Gas Services 15.01 2.20 135.84
KWT Market Vectors Solar Energy 14.90 0.67 12.54
GREK Global X FTSE Greece 20 14.64 4.92 29.06
PXE PowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration & Production 14.17 2.08 94.40
PPLT ETFS Physical Platinum 13.91 3.82 911.69
XES SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services 13.82 2.53 342.95

Bottom 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
GRN iPath Global Carbon ETN -39.52 25.34 0.62
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN -25.57 -3.38 1,015.06
VIIX VelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN -25.57 -3.38 12.37
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term -25.41 -3.35 155.00
VIIZ VelocityShares VIX Mid Term ETN -19.75 -1.31 4.09
VXZ iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN -19.75 -1.31 61.74
VIXM ProShares VIX Mid-term -19.70 -1.29 49.59
GLDX Global X Gold Explorers -13.06 -4.63 37.38
XVZ iPath S&P Dynamic VIX ETN -9.48 -0.01 200.07
GDX Market Vectors Gold Miners -8.03 2.50 7,814.97

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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