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An environmental, social and governance-focused iShares ETF haemorraghed $3.9bn in one day at the beginning of last week, data shows. The iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF (ESGU) had $14.4bn in assets under management on March 21, the day after the sell-off. On the same day, March 20, the iShares MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF (QUAL) added $4.8bn in net inflows, helping assets rise to $25bn on March 21.
BlackRock (BLK) closed the most recent trading day at $648.32, moving +0.53% from the previous trading session.
BlackRock Inc, the world's largest asset manager, said on Thursday it would continue to push companies for details on how they treat "material" climate-related risks, despite criticism from some U.S. politicians for its stance on the energy transition. The comments continue BlackRock's attempt to walk a middle line between Republicans who say it has overemphasized environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investing, and shareholder activists and other investors who say the $8.6 trillion asset manager should push companies harder to address climate issues. In a statement on the priority areas it will focus on in talks with companies at the start of the season for annual company meetings, BlackRock said while it had refined some language it uses, nothing substantive had changed.