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Dion's Thursday ETF Winners and Losers

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.

Winners

SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) 1.4%

The homebuilder industry and XHB saw a nice jump today. Leading XHB's index was Bed, Bath and Beyond (BBBY), which gained over 4% after reporting strong fourth-quarter earnings. In the most recent three-month period, the company saw its profit increase 60% as a rebounding economy brought consumers back to home decor.

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Regional Bank Index Fund (IAT) 1.25%

Regional bank ETFs have also scored some strong gains today, beating out funds designed to track Wall Street giants. IAT is seeing some of the largest gains as top-held constituents, including Webster Financial, Fulton Financial and First Midwest, head higher.

Retail HOLDRs (RTH) 1.0%

Amidst today's trading, the retail industry managed to pull off some impressive gains. Leading the industry are RTH constituents, Gap and Target, whose March sales reports managed to beat out analyst expectations.

Losers

iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund (THD) -2.9%

Though the THD saw impressive strength throughout the final days of March and early days of April, political unrest appears to be weighing on the nation's economy. Today, the nation's government shut down a number of media outlets and issued warrants for the arrest of protest leaders.

Investors should be cautious of THD going forward as the continued battle between the government and the red shirt protestors could power the fund lower in the near term.

United States Natural Gas (UNG) -2.6%

For the third day in a row this week, natural gas and UNG took a shot across the bow. This week's losses have erased nearly all of the ground gained in its recent rally, and shares are back near their 52-week lows.

Supply continues to weigh on UNG today, with the EIA Natural Gas inventory report showing reserves climbed again.

Market Vectors Indonesia ETF (IDX) -1.9%

Today Indonesia's markets are reeling, after a study conducted by the nation's central bank showed that Indonesian stocks are in a bubble. This news comes days after the nation's Jakarta Index rose to record highs.

Investors holding IDX may find the going rocky for a while as the nation's government may use capital controls to slow the rise in stocks.

All prices as of 2:30 p.m. EST

-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
At the time of publication, Dion had no positions in stocks mentioned.

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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