Looking today at week-over-week shares outstanding changes among the universe of exchange-traded funds covered at ETF Channel, one standout is the iShares Russell 1000 Value Index (ETF) (NYSEARCA:IWD), where we have detected an approximate $62.2 million outflow — that’s a 0.2% decrease week over week (from 250,400,000 to 249,800,000).
Among the largest underlying components of IWD, in trading today UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH) is off about 0.1%, Medtronic PLC (NYSE:MDT) is down about 0.3% and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) is lower by about 1%. For a complete list of holdings, visit the IWD Holdings page.
The chart below shows the one-year price performance of IWD versus its 200-day moving average:
Looking at the chart above, IWD’s low point in its 52-week range is $92.46 per share, with $106.39 as the 52-week high point — that compares with a last trade of $103.57. Comparing the most recent share price to the 200-day moving average can also be a useful technical analysis technique — learn more about the 200 day moving average.
ETFs trade just like stocks, but instead of ”shares” investors are actually buying and selling “units.” These units can be traded back and forth just like stocks but can also be created or destroyed to accommodate investor demand. Each week we monitor the week-over-week change in shares outstanding data to keep a lookout for those ETFs experiencing notable inflows (many new units created) or outflows (many old units destroyed).
Creation of new units will mean the underlying holdings of the ETF need to be purchased, while destruction of units involves selling underlying holdings. So, large flows can also impact the individual components held within ETFs.