Apparently, Bill Gross wasn’t just blowing smoke out of his keister when he talked up his PIMCO Toal Return ETF (NYSE:BOND, formerly TRXT) about six weeks ago.
In April, BOND rounded out 10th place on IndexUniverse’s “Top Gainers” list ranking ETF inflows, bringing in a solid $380 million, more than doubling its assets under management to $664.58 million — and that’s just in two months’ worth of life. But is the celebration Gross’s alone? Well, let’s take a look at the rest of the list.
|Fund||Ticker||April Inflows||April AUM|
|iShares Russell 2000||IWM||$1.01 billion||$15.61 billion|
|Industrial Select Sector SPDR||XLI||$649.75 million||$3.40 billion|
|iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade
|LQD||$622.46 million||$20.55 billion|
|Vanguard S&P 500||VOO||$618.28 million||$4.02 billion|
|Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets||VWO||$597.21 million||$53.87 billion|
|Market Vectors Gold Miners||GDX||$505.08 million||$8.23 billion|
|iShares iBoxx $ High Yield
|HYG||$505.08 million||$15.08 billion|
|Vanguard REIT||VNQ||$488.99 million||$12.29 billion|
|iShares S&P 500||IVV||$386.74 million||$30.19 billion|
|PIMCO Total Return||BOND||$380.14 million||$664.58 million|
|Source: Index Universe|
Conspicuously present in the list are the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond Fund (NYSE:LQD) fund and the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (NYSE:HYG) — that’s right, more income plays.
Also, it should be noted that IndexUniverse’s three “Biggest Losers” (ETFs with the worst outflows) represented the big three indices — the Nasdaq (NYSE:QQQ), S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE:DIA), which saw outflows of $2.58 billion, $1.68 billion and $984.71 million, respectively.
At least at a glance, it looks less like Gross deserves an individual congratulations for BOND’s accomplishments, and moreso like the financial hermit crabs might have been latching onto the “sell in May and go away” mantra a bit early and heading toward safer waters.
Not that Gross’s name and performance don’t pull some weight.
Interestingly enough, the only index to really shine was the Russell 2000, through the iShares Russell 2000 Index ETF (NYSE:IWM) — which has struggled considerably in the past 52 weeks compared to its better-known brethren, and whose long-lasting divergence is considered by some to be a bad omen for the broader markets.
More about IndexUniverse’s “Top Gainers,” “Biggest Losers” and other fund news can be viewed here.
Kyle Woodley is the assistant editor of InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Follow him on Twitter at @KyleWoodley.