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Weekly ETF Flows: EEM Continues Its Run

Investors kept on pouring money into the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (NYSEArca:EEM), in the aftermath to Vanguard's announcement in early October that its giant emerging markets fund that competes with EEM would stop using the same index as the iShares fund sometime next year.

EEM added $1.76 billion in the week ended Thursday Jan. 3, and overall almost $15 billion flowed into U.S.-listed ETFs , according to data compiled by IndexUniverse. Total assets now total more than $1.384 trillion, a record, as rising markets in the wake of Congress's "fiscal cliff" agreement pushed the total higher.

ETF industry sources have argued that the positive flows for EEM relative to the Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca:VWO))-essentially a reversal of a broad pattern of the past few years-might be related to the fact that institutions still favor MSCI benchmarks.

That would mean VWO, which next year will stop using the MSCI Emerging Markets Index that EEM uses, could be falling out of favor among large investors who are preparing for the change.

The phenomenon helped EEM's asset gathering in 2012 match that of VWO, which each of the huge emerging markets funds gathering about $10.5 billion in fresh assets.

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
SPY SPDR S&P 500 6,878.42 132,853.67 5.46%
IWM iShares Russell 2000 1,835.84 18,127.62 11.27%
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets 1,763.53 50,985.49 3.58%
QQQ PowerShares QQQ 833.48 32,682.71 2.62%
EFA iShares MSCI EAFE 579.87 39,976.92 1.47%
UWM ProShares Ultra Russell 2000 548.57 682.34 410.07%
GDX Market Vectors Gold Miners 530.10 9,177.86 6.13%
VWO Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets 388.17 61,212.66 0.64%
IVV iShares Core S&P 500 292.13 35,936.41 0.82%
XLF Financial Select SPDR 275.45 9,585.97 2.96%

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
IEI iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury Bond -898.59 2,187.44 -29.12%
GLD SPDR Gold -569.65 72,342.27 -0.78%
XLY Consumer Discretionary Select SPDR -517.44 3,688.89 -12.30%
XLP Consumer Staples Select SPDR -496.85 5,373.56 -8.46%
IYR iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate -486.55 4,172.59 -10.44%
XLU Utilities Select SPDR -400.03 5,311.31 -7.00%
UST ProShares Ultra 7-10 Year Treasury -376.38 348.50 -51.92%
MDY SPDR S&P MidCap 400 -193.56 10,624.92 -1.79%
MBB iShares Barclays MBS Bond -184.04 6,343.45 -2.82%
XLV Health Care Select SPDR -150.89 5,518.37 -2.66%

ETF Weekly Daily Flows By Asset Class

Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 10,178.84 631,495.56 1.61%
International Equity 5,307.80 343,145.73 1.55%
U.S. Fixed Income -464.35 225,836.53 -0.21%
International Fixed Income 207.85 26,023.74 0.80%
Commodities -569.61 118,760.03 -0.48%
Currency 0.82 2,701.47 0.03%
Leveraged 175.14 14,297.83 1.22%
Inverse -23.55 16,535.44 -0.14%
Asset Allocation 22.31 2,457.39 0.91%
Alternatives 9.88 3,220.69 0.31%
Total: 14,845.14 1,384,474.42 1.07%

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

Ticker Name Average Volume(30 Day) 1 Week AverageVolume % of Average
UST ProShares Ultra 7-10 Year Treasury 567,096 14,889,826 525.13%
FXN First Trust Energy AlphaDEX 133,668 3,322,335 497.10%
IEI iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury Bond 526,168 11,448,455 435.16%
IYE iShares Dow Jones U.S. Energy 455,017 9,189,395 403.91%
GVI iShares Barclays Intermediate Government/Credit Bond 71,855 1,329,387 370.02%
UWM ProShares Ultra Russell 2000 1,037,068 18,698,207 360.60%
TUZ PIMCO 1-3 Year U.S. Treasury 34,984 588,300 336.33%
COW iPath Dow Jones-UBS Livestock Total Return ETN 38,294 598,410 312.53%
TVIX VelocityShares Daily 2X VIX Short Term ETN 1,473,596 21,999,193 298.58%
MLPN Credit Suisse Cushing 30 MLP ETN 159,563 2,367,985 296.81%

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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
KWT Market Vectors Solar Energy 16.45% 39,894 12.50
TAN Guggenheim Solar 16.43% 495,673 54.69
CHIM Global X China Materials 9.19% 27,195 2.83
CHIX Global X China Financials 9.17% 178,656 7.08
PBW PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy 7.74% 1,273,379 132.74
QCLN First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy 7.29% 21,764 14.62
HAO Guggenheim China Small Cap 7.18% 1,080,593 322.65
REMX Market Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals 7.12% 276,991 180.58
FCA First Trust China AlphaDex 7.08% 19,342 3.83
ECNS iShares MSCI China Small Cap 6.79% 78,495 22.94
Bottom 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and 'lt;1,000 Shares Traded

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN -16.37% 156,762,990 1,004.08
VIIX VelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN -16.37% 2,304,496 15.82
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term -16.15% 6,031,322 121.46
GRN iPath Global Carbon ETN -10.82% 2,314 0.90
GAZ iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return ETN -8.66% 510,779 33.62
VIXM ProShares VIX Mid-term -8.10% 214,452 32.37
VXZ iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN -8.07% 2,249,477 65.45
VIIZ VelocityShares VIX Mid Term ETN -8.07% 40,600 4.76
UNG United States Natural Gas -6.64% 41,400,136 1,200.73
ZROZ PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury -5.75% 100,140 95.86

Top 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
TAN Guggenheim Solar 15.60 16.43 54.69
KWT Market Vectors Solar Energy 14.55 16.45 12.50
PBW PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy 7.71 7.74 132.74
CHIM Global X China Materials 6.67 9.19 2.83
QCLN First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy 6.35 7.29 14.62
CHIX Global X China Financials 6.07 9.17 7.08
HAO Guggenheim China Small Cap 5.17 7.18 322.65
KROO IQ Australia Small Cap 4.91 6.54 14.50
CHII Global X China Industrials 4.80 5.83 5.16
FAA Guggenheim Airline 4.68 4.80 18.22

Bottom 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN -9.40 -16.37 1,004.08
VIIX VelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN -9.40 -16.37 15.82
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term -9.33 -16.15 121.46
VXZ iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN -6.71 -8.07 65.45
VIXM ProShares VIX Mid-term -6.71 -8.10 32.37
VIIZ VelocityShares VIX Mid Term ETN -6.71 -8.07 4.76
GAZ iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return ETN -5.97 -8.66 33.62
XVZ iPath S&P Dynamic VIX ETN -5.70 -5.70 251.38
ZROZ PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury -5.01 -5.75 95.86
EDV Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury -4.58 -5.28 155.25

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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