Weekly ETF Fund Flows: US Equities Shine

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U.S. equities ETFs were some of the most popular funds with investors in the past week, with the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca:SPY) leading the pack in terms of asset gathering, as the stock market rallied to new highs.

The Dow Jones industrial average broke record after record in the past week ended Thursday, March 7, rallying every single one of the past five sessions to post closings that reached uncharted territory for the widely watched benchmark first envisioned by Charles Dow in 1896. In all, the Dow gained nearly 2 percent in the week, tagging on 275 points to close at its highest level ever Thursday at 14,329.49.

The S&P 500 came within roughly 20 points of its record closing of 1,565.15 reached back in 2007, gaining some 2 percent in the week, while the Nasdaq hit levels not seen in 12 years.

SPY, the largest ETF in the world, attracted $1.84 billion in new net assets, while the iShares Core S&P 500 Index Fund (NYSEArca:IVV) snagged $1.37 billion in the week. In all, investors poured $4.60 billion into U.S. equities ETFs in the past five days, helping push total U.S.-listed ETF assets to $1.446 trillion.

The iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (NYSEArca:EWJ) was another ETF that ranked high with investors, who continued to look for access to Japan's recovery story. EWJ is the market's largest Japan-focused ETF, and now boasts $6.4 billion in assets.

On the flip side, gold funds were again out of favor this week, as investors continued to focus on improving economic data and a rising U.S. dollar.

The SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca:GLD) bled more than $580 million in the past five-day period, while the PowerShares DB Gold (NYSEArca:DGL) saw net outflows of $215 million. Altogether, investors took some $822 million out of commodities ETFs.

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
SPY SPDR S&P 500 1,843.57 129,425.18 1.45%
IVV iShares Core S&P 500 1,373.13 39,646.88 3.59%
SSO ProShares Ultra S&P 500 737.44 2,132.67 52.85%
DIA SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average Trust 617.45 11,227.90 5.82%
QQQ PowerShares QQQ 402.94 31,956.80 1.28%
SPLV PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility 398.04 3,938.05 11.24%
VOO Vanguard S&P 500 381.08 8,748.72 4.55%
VNQ Vanguard REIT 348.92 17,714.58 2.01%
IWM iShares Russell 2000 288.68 20,006.02 1.46%
EWJ iShares MSCI Japan 249.19 6,390.05 4.06%


Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
IJH iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap -1,218.92 14,637.27 -7.69%
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets -853.76 50,080.20 -1.68%
MVV ProShares Ultra MidCap 400 -836.97 133.77 -86.22%
GLD SPDR Gold -580.83 63,092.35 -0.91%
MDY SPDR S&P MidCap 400 -513.25 11,050.17 -4.44%
IYR iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate -361.29 5,120.67 -6.59%
EWZ iShares MSCI Brazil Capped -302.88 8,347.15 -3.50%
XLF Financial Select SPDR -275.19 10,940.38 -2.45%
DGL PowerShares DB Gold -215.08 258.14 -45.45%
EMB iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond -213.59 5,993.57 -3.44%


ETF Weekly Daily Flows By Asset Class

Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 4,607.23 682,766.36 0.67%
International Equity -27.83 359,516.92 -0.01%
U.S. Fixed Income 1,261.34 228,498.02 0.55%
International Fixed Income 80.74 27,181.79 0.30%
Commodities -822.60 107,846.90 -0.76%
Currency 35.79 2,799.88 1.28%
Leveraged -154.17 13,458.62 -1.15%
Inverse 437.73 18,315.00 2.39%
Asset Allocation 35.59 2,915.70 1.22%
Alternatives 212.75 3,219.28 6.61%
Total: 5,666.57 1,446,518.48 0.39%


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

Ticker Name Average Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
Volume
% of Average
MVV ProShares Ultra MidCap 400 514,131 11,706,311 455.38%
RHS Guggenheim S&P Equal Weight Consumer Staples 10,528 194,186 368.90%
DGL PowerShares DB Gold 288,511 5,255,941 364.35%
KBWB PowerShares KBW Bank 188,155 2,845,929 302.51%
DBP PowerShares DB Precious Metals 119,991 1,806,793 301.15%
EFAV iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility 155,865 2,139,586 274.54%
IJH iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap 1,287,189 17,555,073 272.77%
MUAF iShares 2017 S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series 8,811 117,745 267.26%
PZT PowerShares Insured New York Municipal Bond 14,458 184,126 254.71%
VTWO Vanguard Russell 2000 42,021 534,444 254.37%


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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
XBI SPDR S&P Biotech 5.89% 1,788,396 711.50
FAA Guggenheim Airline 5.48% 187,639 22.94
TUR iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market 5.30% 1,285,784 830.70
IBB iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology 5.24% 2,499,855 2,386.72
DBJP db X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity 5.09% 50,274 11.98
FBT First Trust NYSE Arca Biotechnology 4.83% 352,334 275.65
BBH Market Vectors Biotech 4.80% 194,167 198.18
PBE PowerShares Dynamic Biotech & Genome 4.56% 51,797 140.50
KBWI PowerShares KBW Insurance 4.38% 1,400 2.50
DXJ WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity 4.36% 12,340,587 4,575.20
Bottom 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and 'lt;1,000 Shares Traded
Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
GREK Global X FTSE Greece 20 -5.44% 168,185 26.51
LD iPath Dow Jones-UBS Lead Total Return ETN -5.22% 9,081 5.81
GRN iPath Global Carbon ETN -4.98% 2,400 0.64
PLTM First Trust ISE Global Platinum -4.91% 78,970 11.52
EGPT Market Vectors Egypt -4.85% 586,736 38.03
NIB iPath Dow Jones-UBS Cocoa Total Return ETN -4.39% 108,536 25.31
SCIF Market Vectors India Small-Cap -4.32% 2,180,325 106.15
GGGG Global X PURE Gold Miners -4.29% 19,770 3.30
GLDX Global X Gold Explorers -4.28% 595,509 33.80
CHOC iPath Pure Beta Cocoa ETN -4.17% 10,658 4.32

Top 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
IDXJ Market Vectors Indonesia Small Cap 20.80 2.43 4.56
IAI iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker-Dealers 19.34 1.88 93.59
KBWC PowerShares KBW Capital Markets 19.33 2.39 9.91
FAA Guggenheim Airline 18.93 5.48 22.94
EPHE iShares MSCI Philippines Investable Market 18.58 2.48 336.82
KWT Market Vectors Solar Energy 18.05 1.64 12.99
VNM Market Vectors Vietnam 17.89 0.72 409.70
TAN Guggenheim Solar 17.86 0.16 72.59
XTN SPDR S&P Transportation 17.09 3.31 28.30
QCLN First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy 16.64 4.03 25.53

Bottom 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
GRN iPath Global Carbon ETN -38.10 -4.98 0.64
GLDX Global X Gold Explorers -30.07 -4.28 33.80
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN -28.66 -3.93 1,176.10
VIIX VelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN -28.66 -3.93 15.69
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term -28.32 -3.82 174.10
VIIZ VelocityShares VIX Mid Term ETN -23.70 -1.50 3.89
VXZ iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN -23.70 -1.50 60.99
VIXM ProShares VIX Mid-term -23.64 -1.49 62.18
GGGG Global X PURE Gold Miners -21.13 -4.29 3.30
GDXJ Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners -20.21 -3.23 2,138.40

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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