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Dion's Tuesday ETF Winners and Losers

Stocks in this article: KRE ICF VGK

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Welcome to Don Dion's Daily ETF Winners and Losers. Be sure to stop by each day to get a feel of what's rising and what's falling when it comes to ETFs.


SPDR KBW Regional Banking ETF (KRE) 2.8%

The financial sector has led the market today with regional banks continuing to pull ahead of Wall Street giants. KRE has scored some of the strongest gains in the industry as a number of its top holdings reached new 52-week highs.

Investors should keep an eye on KRE and regional banks, with earnings only a few weeks away.

iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors (ICF) 1.8%

ICF has seen some impressive gains today thanks to a strong pending home sales report from the National Association of Realtors that broadly lifted the real estate sector (except for homebuilders, see below).

Deals signed but not completed surged 8% in February, the sharpest jump since 2001. Sales should continue to recover into the near future as first-time homebuyers attempt to take advantage of the expiring tax credit.


United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) -4.9%

Though UNG saw strength yesterday in light of the statistical adjustments made by the Energy Information Administration, the fund's rally appears to have quickly run out of steam. As I highlighted in my article this morning, the alterations made by the government agency do little to remedy the mounting issues facing the troubled fund .

Investors looking for natural gas exposure should continue to avoid UNG and stick to ETFs that are designed to track producers such as First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund (FCG), which is making gains.

Vanguard European ETF (VGK) -1.0%

ETF investors have fled funds designed to track the broad Europe region as well as individual European nation funds, driving them to some of the biggest losses today. Aiding to the exodus is weakness from euro. The currency has been battered today as confusion continues to plague the Greek debt crisis.

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