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By Sumit Roy

Energy funds pulled in nearly a half-billion dollars in new inflows, bucking the trend for commodity-related, exchange-traded funds that saw other sectors lose or struggle for investment capital.

Energy funds attracted $478 million in inflows, while industrial metals eked out a $3 million inflow. On the flip side, precious metals saw a $182 million outflow, agriculture lost $90 million and broad market (multicommodity) ETPs shed $5 million.

On the back of the energy inflow, overall commodity-related ETPs had a net inflow of $204 million, bringing total assets under management to $132 billion.

ETP Inflows/Outflows

Energy ETPs dominated the individual flows chart, taking all five spots. The Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLE) gained $506 million; VelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN (NYSEARCA:DGAZ) garnered $58 million; ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Crude Oil (NYSEARCA:SCO) added $36 million; First Trust ISE-Reverse Natural Gas (NYSEARCA:FCG) saw an inflow of $23 million; and First Trust Energy AlphaDEX (NYSEARCA:FXN) gained $21 million.

Meanwhile, the outflows list featured ETPs from three different sectors. SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEARCA:GLD) was the biggest loser, with a $114 million outflow. Following suit was the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEARCA:UNG), which lost $102 million; the Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (NYSEARCA:MOO), which shed $90 million; the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF, which had an outflow of $53 million; and the United States Oil Fund (NYSEARCA:USO), which lost $44 million.

ETP Performance

In terms of price performance, agriculture and materials were the best performers. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return ETN (NYSEARCA:JO) surged 19.2 percent; the PowerShares DB Agriculture Long ETN (NYSEARCA:AGF) spiked 12.5 percent; iPath Dow Jones-UBS Softs Total Return ETN (NYSEARCA:JJS) gained 8.1 percent; Global X China Materials (NYSEARCA:CHIM) jumped 6.3 percent; and the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Nickel Total Return ETN (NYSEARCA:JJN) advanced 6.1 percent.

On the other end of the spectrum, alternative energy funds were the worst performers by far. Guggenheim Solar (NYSEARCA:TAN) lost 7.7 percent; PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy (NYSEARCA:PBW) fell by 6.6 percent; Market Vectors Solar Energy (NYSEARCA:KWT) shed 6.4 percent; First Trust Nasdaq Clean Edge Green Energy (NASDAQ:QCLN) declined 6 percent; and the Global X Uranium Fund (NYSEARCA:URA) dropped 5.7 percent.

Fund Flows Data: (April 04 - 10, 2014)

Commodity ETF Weekly Flows By Sector

Net Flows
($, mm)
% of AUM
Broad Market-4.5513,040.11-0.03%
Industrial Metals2.531,377.530.18%
Precious Metals-181.5363,740.07-0.28%

Top 5 Commodity ETF Creations

TickerNameNet Flows
($, mm)
AUM % Change
XLEEnergy Select SPDR505.869,412.765.68%
DGAZVelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN58.32432.0315.60%
SCOProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Crude Oil36.09333.4012.14%
FCGFirst Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas23.31468.125.24%
FXNFirst Trust Energy AlphaDEX20.85621.193.47%

Top 5 Commodity ETF Redemptions

TickerNameNet Flows
($, mm)
AUM % Change
GLDSPDR Gold-113.5434,221.16-0.33%
UNGUnited States Natural Gas-101.74652.31-13.49%
MOOMarket Vectors Agribusiness-89.533,079.04-2.83%
XOPSPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production-53.32876.52-5.73%
USOUnited States Oil-43.57580.73-6.98%

Top 5 Weekly Performers, Excluding <1,000 Shares Traded

Weekly VolumeAUM
($, mm)
JOiPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return ETN19.16%1,198,034114.47
AGFPowerShares DB Agriculture Long ETN12.46%60,3814.15
JJSiPath Dow Jones-UBS Softs Total Return ETN8.09%9,17117.47
CHIMGlobal X China Materials6.25%14,6292.25
JJNiPath Dow Jones-UBS Nickel Total Return ETN6.11%43,1127.21

Bottom 5 Weekly Performers, Excluding <1,000 Shares Traded

Weekly VolumeAUM
($, mm)
TANGuggenheim Solar-7.74%3,058,946446.71
PBWPowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy-6.54%1,334,185227.58
KWTMarket Vectors Solar Energy-6.36%87,75724.10
QCLNFirst Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy-6.00%671,913185.39
URAGlobal X Uranium-5.73%1,366,856241.78

Top 5 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

TickerNameAverage Volume
(30 Day)
Weekly Volume% of Average
JJAiPath Dow Jones UBS Agriculture Total Return ETN24,909476,188382.34%
DJCIETRACS DJ-Commodity Total Return ETN8,452139,558330.24%
GRESIQ Global Resources8,63474,892173.49%
PHOPowerShares Water Resources118,082984,326166.72%
TBARRBS Gold Trendpilot ETN25,719209,034162.55%

Disclaimer: Data provided by All data as of 6 a.m. Eastern the date of publication. Data is believed to be accurate; however, transient market data is often subject to subsequent revision and correction by the exchanges.

Source: Commodity ETF Flows: Energy Funds Gather Flows, Coffee Fund Jumps 19%