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Investors retreated from commodity-related exchange-traded funds this past week, ending with a total of $955 million in outflows that touched every sector.

Energy funds lost $772.6 million last week, followed by broad market (multicommodity) funds, with $67 million in outflows, precious metals with $46 million, agriculture lost $43 million in flows and industrial metals recorded $28 million in outflows.

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

ETP Inflows/Outflows

Market Vectors Gold Miners Arca (NYSEARCA:GDX) collected the most inflows — $77 million — for the week ending Thursday. The other top inflows, oddly enough, came from energy funds. Alerian MLP (NYSEARCA:AMLP) raked in $49 million, followed by JPMorgan Alerian MLP ETN (NYSEARCA:AMJ) with $48 million in inflows, Direxion Daily Energy Bull 3X (NYSEARCA:ERX) with $45 million, and Vanguard Energy (NYSEARCA:VDE) came in fifth, with $20 million in inflows.

However, it was Energy Select SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLE) that tipped the outflows scales, losing $561 million, followed by a host of energy funds. United States Oil (NYSEARCA:USO) saw $101 million in outflows, followed by non-energy SPDR S&P Metals and Mining (NYSEARCA:XME), with $58 million; iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return ETN (NYSEARCA:OIL) seeing $44 million in outflows; and United States Natural Gas (NYSEARCA:UNG) chalking up $40 million in outflows.

ETP Price Performance

Energy fund iPath Global Carbon ETN (NYSEARCA:GRN) was the top performer for the week, with an appreciation of 17.24 percent, followed by PowerShares DB Commodity Long ETN (NYSEARCA:DPU), which rose 8.62 percent; Global X PURE Gold Miners (NYSEARCA:GGGG) and ETFS Physical Asian Gold (NYSEARCA:AGOL), which both increased 3.98 percent; and Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (NYSEARCA:GDXJ), which climbed 3.9 percent.

Natural gas funds dominated the underperformers, as prices fell to new 10-year lows below $2/mmbtu. Leading the pack for the third straight week was iPath Dow Jones – UBS Natural Gas Total Return (NYSEARCA:GAZ), which fell 11.35 percent on the back of falling natgas prices as well as a premium collapse. That was followed by United States Natural Gas (UNG), which dropped 7.04 percent; iPath Pure Beta Copper ETN (NYSEARCA:CUPM), which shed 6.33 percent; ETRACS CMCI Industrial Metals Total Return ETN (NYSEARCA:UBM), which declined 5.33 percent and United States 12 Month Natural Gas (NYSEARCA:UNL), which dipped 5.26 percent.

Fund Flows Data: (April 5 - April 11, 2012)

Commodity ETF Weekly Flows By Sector

Net Flows

($,mm)

AUM

($, mm)

% of AUM
Agriculture -42.46 10,809.96 -0.39%
Broad Market -66.83 14,398.29 -0.46%
Energy -772.59 31,216.92 -2.47%
Industrial Metals -27.62 1,740.82 -1.59%
Precious Metals -45.64 106,388.63 -0.04%
Total: -955.14 164,554.62 -0.58%

Top 5 Commodity ETF Creations

Ticker Name Net Flows

($,mm)

AUM

($, mm)

AUM % Change
GDX Market Vectors Gold Miners 77.41 8,159.47 0.96%
AMLP Alerian MLP 48.61 2,930.53 1.69%
AMJ JPMorgan Alerian MLP ETN 48.10 4,079.53 1.19%
ERX Direxion Daily Energy Bull 3x 45.44 386.91 13.31%
VDE Vanguard Energy 20.37 1,832.98 1.12%

Top 5 Commodity ETF Redemptions

Ticker Name Net Flows

($,mm)

AUM

($, mm)

AUM % Change
XLE Energy Select SPDR -560.47 7,279.94 -7.15%
USO United States Oil -101.28 1,328.38 -7.08%
XME SPDR S&P Metals and Mining -58.16 745.74 -7.23%
OIL iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return ETN -44.38 584.44 -7.06%
UNG United States Natural Gas -39.93 711.66 -5.31%

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

Ticker Name Weekly

Performance

Weekly Volume AUM

($, mm)

GRN iPath Global Carbon ETN 17.24% 6,176 1.21
DPU PowerShares DB Commodity Long ETN 8.62% 8,940 6.47
GGGG Global X PURE Gold Miners 3.98% 21,243 4.70
AGOL ETFS Physical Asian Gold 3.98% 4,486 74.72
GDXJ Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners 3.90% 24,347,674 2,038.04

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

Ticker Name Weekly

Performance

Weekly Volume AUM

($, mm)

GAZ iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return ETN -11.35% 2,923,321 29.28
UNG United States Natural Gas -7.04% 45,011,346 711.66
CUPM iPath Pure Beta Copper ETN -6.33% 5,628 2.57
UBM ETRACS CMCI Industrial Metals Total Return ETN -5.33% 26,362 5.52
UNL United States 12 Month Natural Gas -5.26% 209,418 27.33

Top 5 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

Ticker Name Average Volume

(30 Day)

Weekly Volume % of Average
AGOL ETFS Physical Asian Gold 338 4,486 265.18%
WOOD iShares S&P Global Timber & Forestry 16,465 188,175 228.57%
COW iPath Dow Jones-UBS Livestock Total Return ETN 40,193 455,481 226.65%
ENY Guggenheim Canadian Energy Income 35,402 331,155 187.08%
RJI ELEMENTS Rogers International Commodity - Total Return ETN 384,888 3,415,182 177.46%

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: Investors Pull Nearly $1 Billion From Sector Funds