Stearns Financial Services Group raised its stake in iShares Russell 2000 Index (NYSE:IWM) by 2.2% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 113,624 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock after buying an additional 2,435 shares during the period. iShares Russell 2000 Index comprises about 3.9% of Stearns Financial Services Group’s holdings, making the stock its 6th largest position. Stearns Financial Services Group’s holdings in iShares Russell 2000 Index were worth $16,012,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of IWM. MCF Advisors LLC increased its position in iShares Russell 2000 Index by 4.0% in the second quarter. MCF Advisors LLC now owns 126,811 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $17,870,000 after buying an additional 4,900 shares during the period. Personal Capital Advisors Corp increased its position in shares of iShares Russell 2000 Index by 75.8% in the second quarter. Personal Capital Advisors Corp now owns 1,278,067 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $180,105,000 after buying an additional 551,085 shares during the last quarter. Boston Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of iShares Russell 2000 Index by 1.4% in the second quarter. Boston Advisors LLC now owns 225,163 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $31,730,000 after buying an additional 3,113 shares during the last quarter. Bray Capital Advisors increased its position in shares of iShares Russell 2000 Index by 2.7% in the second quarter. Bray Capital Advisors now owns 41,688 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $5,875,000 after buying an additional 1,108 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Carroll Financial Associates Inc. increased its position in shares of iShares Russell 2000 Index by 64.9% in the second quarter. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. now owns 930 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $131,000 after buying an additional 366 shares during the last quarter.

iShares Russell 2000 Index (NYSE:IWM) opened at 136.47 on Friday. iShares Russell 2000 Index has a 52 week low of $114.88 and a 52 week high of $144.25. The company’s 50 day moving average is $141.03 and its 200-day moving average is $138.46. iShares Russell 2000 Index also was the target of some unusual options trading activity on Thursday. Stock investors bought 494,667 put options on the company. This is an increase of approximately 190% compared to the average volume of 170,608 put options.

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About iShares Russell 2000 Index

iShares Russell 2000 ETF (the Fund) is an exchange-traded fund. The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the Russell 2000 Index (the Index). The Index is a float-adjusted capitalization weighted index that measures the performance of the small-capitalization sector of the United States equity market and includes securities issued by the approximately 2,000 smallest issuers in the Russell 3000 Index.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for iShares Russell 2000 Index (NYSE:IWM)

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