gained 2.3% this week and investors took some bad economic data in stride, including a wider trade deficit and lower consumer confidence numbers.
The focus may shift to Asia next week with President Obama visiting China. Expect lots of attention on currency, commodities and trade. Although they didn't do well enough to merit a spot as the weekly winners, both
iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25
Claymore/AlphaShares China Small Cap
closed at new 52-week highs this week.
Here are the past week's winners and losers.
Market Vectors Russia ETF
RSX benefited from a rise in emerging markets that was enough to overpower a decline in the price of oil, which the energy-heavy ETF often tracks.
iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors
Vanguard REIT ETF
SDPR Dow Jones Wilshire REIT
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate
Real estate ETFs came back from the dead last week after spending seven weeks in decline. ICF had the best return of the broad ETFs, and the rebound was nice to see during an overall good week for the markets.
However, ICF still trades 5% below its Sept. 22 close of $52.02. A close above that level would be a positive sign for REITs and the broader market as well.
Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF
Gold prices climbed to another record midweek as gold cracked the $1,123 per ounce level before retreating slightly.
reported that the CEO of
, Aaron Regent, said that the world may have reached "peak gold" in terms of annual mine production. Barrick recently reversed its policy of hedging gold production and has move aggressively to reverse existing hedges.
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