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 who's winning and who's losing when it comes to ETFs.
SPDR KBW Regional Banking ETF (KRE) 2.5%
The financial sector is pulling out a nice win today, with strength emanating from both Wall Street giants and the regional banking industry.
Although KRE is pocketing the strongest gains, my favorite play for the financial industry remains SPDR KBW Bank ETF (KBE). This fund is particularly well suited for the type of broad strength we are seeing today. The fund exposes investors to a collection of firms from across the size spectrum.iShares MSCI Taiwan Index Fund (EWT) 3.1% The Taiwanese markets are surging today on strength from the semiconductor industry and the Chinese markets. The largest slice of EWT is dedicated to the information technology industry which is represented by big name firms including Hon Hai Precision, HTC, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM). PowerShares Dynamic Networking Portfolio (PXQ), SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD) and iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Fund (FXI) are also powering higher. Market Vectors Steel ETF (SLX) 2.5% The bulls are pulling out a win today, instilling confidence among investors worried about the state of the global economic recovery. President Obama has laid out his plans to refurbish the country's aging infrastructure picture. Although it still needs congressional approval, the proposal bodes well for the steel ETF, which will be heavily involved in many of the projects. iShares MSCI South Africa Index Fund (EZA) 2.1% The South Africa ETF has powered through previous 2010 highs and is on the verge of testing levels last seen in the closing months of 2008. Ongoing demand for precious metals has helped propel EZA forward. The fund dedicates more than a quarter of its portfolio to the materials industry. Top holdings include Anglogold Ashanti (AU), Impala Platinum, and Goldfield (GV).
LosersiPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX) -3.3% The fear index-based ETN is continuing to slide as the markets tread higher. This fund has fallen dramatically in recent months despite the resounding market uncertainties. The downfall has brought the fund back to levels last seen before its run-up in May. In fact, on Monday, the fund tested brand new all-time lows.
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