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Energy sees the largest inflow in an overall positive week, but natural gas funds see price weakness.

It was a positive week for commodity-related ETPs, as investors added $703 million of capital into the space. Energy, broad market (multi-commodity) and precious metals ETPs were the best performers, with $498 million, $188 million and $31 million in inflows, respectively. Industrial metals and agriculture ETPs saw net outflows, but they were relatively minor, at $31 million and $1 million, respectively.

Exchange-traded products (ETPs) include exchange-traded funds (ETFs), exchange-traded vehicles (ETVs) and exchange-traded notes (ETNs).

ETP Inflows/Outflows

As for individual ETPs, energy heavyweight Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE Arca: XLE) took the top spot, with a $414 million inflow. Other energy ETPs to make the top five were the Alerian MLP ETF (NYSE Arca: AMLP) and the United States Oil Fund (NYSE Arca: USO) with inflows of $79 million and $74 million, respectively.

SPDR S&P Metals and Mining ETF (NYSE Arca: XME) and iShares Gold Trust (NYSE Arca: IAU) made up the rest of the list, with inflows of $136 million and $115 million.

Like the inflows list, the outflows list consisted of a mix of energy and precious metals names.

Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE Arca: GDX) and PowerShares DB Precious Metals ETF (NYSE Arca: DBP) saw withdrawals of $108 million and $34 million, respectively, while SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (NYSE Arca: XOP) and Market Vectors Oil Services ETF (NYSE Arca: OIH) saw outflows of $72 million and $30 million, respectively.

Rounding out the top five on the outflows list was the broad-based iPath Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Total Return ETN (NYSE Arca: DJP), with a $23 million withdrawal.

ETP Price Performance

In terms of price performance, solar energy ETPs were far and away the best performers. Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSE Arca: KWT), Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSE Arca: TAN) and PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy Portfolio (NYSE Arca: PBW) rose 20.78 percent, 20 percent, and 11.64 percent, respectively.

iPath Dow Jones-UBS Cocoa Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSE Arca: NIB) and ETRACS CMCI Long Platinum Total Return ETN (NYSE Arca: PTM) also made the top five, with gains of 15.84 percent and 13.29 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, four of the five worst performers in the week were natural gas ETPs. Teucrium Natural Gas Fund (NYSE Arca: NAGS), iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (NSYE Arca: GAZ), United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSE Arca: UNG) and United States 12 Month Natural Gas Fund (NYSE Arca: UNL) fell by 10.41 percent, 8.73 percent, 8.1 percent, and 6.41 percent, respectively.

Rounding out the top five was ELEMENTS Credit Suisse Global Warming ETN (NYSE Arca: GWO), with a 5.47 percent loss.

Fund Flows Data: January 6 - January 12

Commodity ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

Net Flows

($,mm)

AUM

($, mm)

% of AUM
Agriculture -0.61 10,845.96 -0.01%
Broad Market 187.86 13,706.03 1.37%
Energy 497.51 29,384.52 1.69%
Industrial Metals -13.05 1,813.20 -0.72%
Precious Metals 31.28 104,290.18 0.03%
Total: 702.99 160,039.90 0.44%

Top 5 Commodity ETF Creations

Ticker Name Net Flows

($,mm)

AUM

($, mm)

AUM % Change
XLE Energy Select SPDR 414.32 7,519.91 5.83%
XME SPDR S&P Metals and Mining 136.40 932.65 17.13%
IAU iShares Gold Trust 115.34 9,245.30 1.26%
AMLP Alerian MLP 79.47 2,102.37 3.93%
USO United States Oil 73.52 1,183.29 6.63%

Top 5 Commodity ETF Redemptions

Ticker Name Net Flows

($,mm)

AUM

($, mm)

AUM % Change
GDX Market Vectors Gold Miners -108.17 9,071.58 -1.18%
XOP SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production -71.80 683.24 -9.51%
DBP PowerShares DB Precious Metals -34.23 434.33 -7.30%
OIH Market Vectors Oil Services -29.56 917.95 -3.12%
DJP iPath Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Total Return ETN -22.87 2,598.38 -0.87%

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

Ticker Name Weekly

Performance

Weekly Volume AUM

($, mm)

KWT Market Vectors Solar Energy 20.78% 582,074 12.46
TAN Guggenheim Solar 20.00% 4,393,771 76.63
NIB iPath Dow Jones-UBS Cocoa Total Return ETN 15.84% 148,093 20.40
PTM ETRACS CMCI Long Platinum Total Return ETN 13.29% 435,140 37.16
PBW PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy Portfolio 11.64% 2,717,486 219.71

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

Ticker Name Weekly

Performance

Weekly Volume AUM

($, mm)

NAGS Teucrium Natural Gas Fund -10.41% 5,477 1.27
GAZ iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return ETN -8.73% 1,095,245 49.86
UNG United States Natural Gas -8.10% 97,267,600 970.61
UNL United States 12 Month Natural Gas -6.41% 186,520 19.66
GWO ELEMENTS Credit Suisse Global Warming ETN -5.47% 9,240 0.00

Top 5 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

Ticker Name Average Volume

(30 Day)

Weekly Volume % of Average
FIW First Trust ISE Water 12,974 137,292 211.65%
TAN Guggenheim Solar 440,052 4,393,771 199.69%
DBC PowerShares DB Commodity Tracking 2,620,364 26,079,692 199.05%
GSP iPath S&P GSCI Total Return ETN 56,864 555,496 195.38%
AMJ JPMorgan Alerian MLP ETN 1,414,846 13,001,578 183.79%

Disclaimer: Data provided by IndexUniverse. 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 ETFs See Large Overall Inflow, But Natural Gas Funds Plunge