Citi: Uninspiring equity flows for asset managers

|By:, SA News Editor

The latest data from Invesco (IVZ -2.1%) suggests U.K.-related attrition is manageable and no major increase in retail redemptions have taken place, says Citi's William Katz, maintaining his Buy rating and $47 price target.

At Artisan Partners Asset Mangement (APAM -8.1%), however, inflows appear to have disappeared, leaving the firm with small outflows. "We suspect the acceleration in U.S. Value outflows may be related to a lumpy mandate loss while we are encouraged by the initial disclosure of assets for High Yield," says Katz, maintaining his Buy rating and $72 price target.

Taken together, and adding in figures from Franklin Resources (BEN -2.2%), "point(s) to uninspiring equities flows, which likely suggest tough(er) flow backdrop for the industry at large." Standing out, says Katz, may be Waddell & Reed (WDR -3.7%) which announced $3.5B in inflows QTD back in early March.

Others: Gamco Investors (GBL -3.1%), Calamos (CLMS -0.6%), Janus (JNS -2.5%), T. Rowe Price (TROW -2.2%), AllianceBernstein (AB -1.9%), Affiliated Managers (AMG -5%), Federated Investors (FII -1.5%).