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Dion's Weekly ETF Winners and Losers

Losers

Market Vectors Solar Energy (KWT) -2.0%

PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy (PBW) -0.2%

PowerShares DB Oil Fund (DBO) -1.5%

First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund (FCG) -1.6%

Market Vectors Coal (KOL)ETF -3.1%

iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return Index ETN (OIL) -1.5%

From coal to clean, much of the energy sector took a beating this past week. Oil managed to bounce back a bit towards the end of the week as the dollar headed back up. However, it was not enough to help black gold recover from the week's losses. Natural gas continued to spiral downwards. As I stated earlier this week, this trend is likely to continue unless a tragic Katrina-esque event sends prices back up.

Coal, as predicted, headed south this week as Chinese mines reopened and suffocated the commodity's five month rally.

iShares MSCI Mexico Investable Market Index Fund (EWW) -1.5%

iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (EWZ) -3.1%

iShares MSCI Chile Investable Market Index Fund (ECH) -2.6%

ETFs designed to track Mexico and other Latin American nations slumped this week following the uncertainty of the U.S. markets.

UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (TBT) -5.6%

TBT was the week's biggest loser as choppy markets sent investors back into the bond markets. As long as the U.S. remains on shaky ground it is likely that this fund will continue to fall as investors lean towards more conservative instruments to protect their investments.

RealMoney Barometer Poll
1 What would best describe your stance heading into the coming week of trading?
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2 Which of these sectors do you think is set to move up in the coming week?
3 Which of these sectors do you think is set to move down in the coming week?


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Don Dion is president and founder of Dion Money Management, a fee-based investment advisory firm to affluent individuals, families and nonprofit organizations, where he is responsible for setting investment policy, creating custom portfolios and overseeing the performance of client accounts. Founded in 1996 and based in Williamstown, Mass., Dion Money Management manages assets for clients in 49 states and 11 countries. Dion is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and Maine and has more than 25 years' experience working in the financial markets, having founded and run two publicly traded companies before establishing Dion Money Management.

Dion also is publisher of the Fidelity Independent Adviser family of newsletters, which provides to a broad range of investors his commentary on the financial markets, with a specific emphasis on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. With more than 100,000 subscribers in the U.S. and 29 other countries, Fidelity Independent Adviser publishes six monthly newsletters and three weekly newsletters. Its flagship publication, Fidelity Independent Adviser, has been published monthly for 11 years and reaches 40,000 subscribers.
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