Weekly ETF Fund Flows: SPY Gains, GLD Loses

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U.S. equities ETFs raked in fresh assets in the past week, as investors upped risk exposure while U.S. stock markets rallied to multiyear highs.

Funds like the $125 billion SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca:SPY) and the $8.2 billion Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca:VOO) ranked among the most popular ETFs with investors in the past five-day period, attracting $1.3 billion and $267 million, respectively.

In all, U.S. equities ETFs saw net inflows of $1.75 billion as the S&P 500 index tagged on another 12.26 points, or 0.81 percent, to revisit its highest levels since 2007.

Another ETF that remained popular with investors was the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEArca:DXJ). Now boasting $4.3 billion in assets under management, DXJ had an infusion of $344 million this week.

Since the beginning of the year, a whopping $2.8 billion has found its way into DXJ, as investors grow confident that Japan's new leadership will succeed in reviving the country's economy.

On the flip side, the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca:GLD) was the least popular fund in the past five days. The largest physical gold ETF in the world saw net outflows of $1.83 billion in the week, helping bring its total assets down to $64 billion.

Indeed, gold ETF investors have been bailing out on their exposure to the precious metal due to rising confidence on a U.S. and global economic recovery that could lead central banks to cut back on stimulus measures, Hard Assets Investor analyst Sumit Roy pointed out this week.

Gold prices ended February in their worst losing streak in some 16 years, Roy noted.

Emerging market ETFs such as the $50 billion iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (NYSEArca:EEM) and the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped Index Fund (NYSEArca:EWZ) were also out of favor.

In all, investors took more than $486 million out of international equities exchange-traded funds in the past five days.

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
SPY SPDR S&P 500 1,334.03 125,094.04 1.08%
DXJ WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity 344.49 4,312.97 8.68%
VOO Vanguard S&P 500 267.73 8,199.13 3.38%
OIH Market Vectors Oil Services 250.51 1,632.77 18.12%
GDX Market Vectors Gold Miners 195.79 7,164.02 2.81%
XLV Health Care Select SPDR 191.99 6,306.18 3.14%
JNK SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond 171.55 12,067.91 1.44%
TLT iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond 165.31 3,197.07 5.45%
IWF iShares Russell 1000 Growth 164.99 17,670.66 0.94%
PFF iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock 150.55 11,640.38 1.31%


Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
GLD SPDR Gold -1,831.32 64,039.75 -2.78%
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets -678.36 50,757.98 -1.32%
DIA SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average Trust -458.19 10,399.27 -4.22%
EWZ iShares MSCI Brazil Capped -407.18 8,376.48 -4.64%
QQQ PowerShares QQQ -392.53 30,896.78 -1.25%
FXI iShares FTSE China 25 -369.56 8,017.46 -4.41%
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN -353.51 1,077.42 -24.71%
IWM iShares Russell 2000 -208.93 19,219.24 -1.08%
IEF iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury Bond -192.76 4,358.56 -4.24%
EWG iShares MSCI Germany -154.23 3,564.21 -4.15%


ETF Weekly Daily Flows By Asset Class

Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 1,753.90 665,293.97 0.26%
International Equity -486.22 356,685.93 -0.14%
U.S. Fixed Income 895.27 228,099.64 0.39%
International Fixed Income 146.96 27,123.37 0.54%
Commodities -1,960.09 109,084.44 -1.80%
Currency 32.06 2,771.61 1.16%
Leveraged -151.77 13,222.85 -1.15%
Inverse 509.64 18,068.05 2.82%
Asset Allocation 41.27 2,854.86 1.45%
Alternatives -341.33 3,119.06 -10.94%
Total: 439.69 1,426,323.79 0.03%


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

Ticker Name Average Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
Volume
% of Average
DCNG iPath Pure Beta Seasonal Natural Gas ETN 43,941 881,359 401.16%
RYH Guggenheim S&P Equal Weight Health Care 26,596 446,938 336.10%
TMW SPDR Dow Jones Total Market 3,056 51,275 335.57%
SPYV SPDR S&P 500 Value 7,112 104,142 292.88%
PXMG PowerShares Fundamental Pure Mid Growth 13,341 180,412 270.46%
INXX EGShares India Infrastructure 13,070 162,383 248.48%
IWX iShares Russell Top 200 Value 19,832 244,780 246.86%
IPFF iShares S&P International Preferred Stock 51,228 627,908 245.14%
VQT Barclays S&P Veqtor ETN 24,148 295,956 245.12%
VONG Vanguard Russell 1000 Growth 15,901 191,133 240.40%


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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
GAZ iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return ETN 6.78% 390,861 36.05
UNG United States Natural Gas 5.68% 29,081,143 1,011.26
EIDO iShares MSCI Indonesia Investable Market 5.02% 2,079,112 492.46
IDXJ Market Vectors Indonesia Small Cap 4.52% 46,962 4.35
NAGS Teucrium Natural Gas 4.48% 27,363 4.08
UNL United States 12 Month Natural Gas 4.41% 189,936 45.45
IDX Market Vectors Indonesia 4.24% 1,856,667 438.56
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term 4.23% 16,286,629 179.45
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN 4.08% 381,154,711 1,077.42
VIIX VelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN 4.08% 4,784,201 13.53
Bottom 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and 'lt;1,000 Shares Traded
Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
GRN iPath Global Carbon ETN -7.92% 4,804 0.73
SCIF Market Vectors India Small-Cap -7.21% 887,686 103.36
TAN Guggenheim Solar -7.00% 1,104,702 70.46
SCIN EGShares India Small Cap -6.54% 20,416 21.88
KWT Market Vectors Solar Energy -6.23% 60,462 12.45
SMIN iShares MSCI India Small Cap -6.07% 9,272 4.46
PBW PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy -5.25% 6,688,691 141.12
UHN United States Diesel-Heating Oil -4.34% 24,052 6.63
IDHB PowerShares S&P International Developed High Beta -4.19% 2,000 7.42
UGA United States Gasoline -3.80% 228,133 61.41

Top 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
VNM Market Vectors Vietnam 19.05 -1.29 409.45
IDXJ Market Vectors Indonesia Small Cap 18.27 4.52 4.35
EPHE iShares MSCI Philippines Investable Market 17.81 1.21 329.72
IAI iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker-Dealers 16.55 0.25 92.26
KBWC PowerShares KBW Capital Markets 16.55 -0.95 9.63
TAN Guggenheim Solar 15.60 -7.00 70.46
PXE PowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration & Production 14.31 0.77 108.47
PXJ PowerShares Dynamic Oil & Gas Services 14.17 -2.14 138.34
KWT Market Vectors Solar Energy 14.04 -6.23 12.45
XTN SPDR S&P Transportation 13.59 2.45 27.50

Bottom 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
GLDX Global X Gold Explorers -29.12 -3.70 33.60
GRN iPath Global Carbon ETN -28.37 -7.92 0.73
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN -22.49 4.08 1,077.42
VIIX VelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN -22.49 4.08 13.53
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term -22.17 4.23 179.45
VIIZ VelocityShares VIX Mid Term ETN -21.26 -0.26 4.02
VXZ iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN -21.26 -0.26 52.58
VIXM ProShares VIX Mid-term -21.20 -0.25 65.07
GGGG Global X PURE Gold Miners -19.50 -0.12 3.37
GDXJ Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners -19.36 0.26 2,140.49

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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