Precious Metals Hoard ETF Fund Flows

Jittery markets and the rising price of gold are encouraging more investment dollars to flow into gold-backed exchange-traded funds.
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) - Over the past week ending Thursday, May 27, $167 million has flowed into the 205 exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, with precious metals exposure according to

Marco Polo XTF

. The 1.7% inflow outpaced all other industries.

The more jittery the rest of the market becomes, the more the gold bugs like it. Gold buying has pushed up the spot price of gold to more than $1211 per ounce and looks to be challenging the recent high of $1242 per ounce. Silver, at $18 an ounce is rallying toward its 2008 high of more than $20 an ounce. Silver has already taken out this high when priced in Euros.

Precious metals industry is one of the few bright spots as nearly $10 billion flowed out of ETFs this week. The pure-play funds with the highest concentration of precious metals miners are

Market Vectors Trust Gold Miners

(GDX) - Get Report


PowerShares Global Gold & Precious Metals ETF



Junior Gold Miners ETF

(GDXJ) - Get Report

, and

Global X Silver Miners ETF

(SIL) - Get Report


The portfolio of Market Vectors Trust Gold Miners tracks the Amex Gold Miners Index whose largest positions are heavily weighted in

Barrick Gold






Newmont Mining

(NEM) - Get Report

, and

AngloGold Ashanti

(AU) - Get Report


-- Reported by Kevin Baker in Jupiter, Fla.

Kevin Baker became the senior financial analyst for TheStreet Ratings upon the August 2006 acquisition of Weiss Ratings by, covering mutual funds. He joined the Weiss Group in 1997 as a banking and brokerage analyst. In 1999, he created the Weiss Group's first ratings to gauge the level of risk in U.S. equities. Baker received a B.S. degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. with a finance specialization from Nova Southeastern University.