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5 ETFs to Watch This Week

NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Here are five ETFs to watch this week.

Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (MOO)

Throughout the second half of 2010, one of the closest watched stories has been the rapid food price increases. This week, investors will gain more insight into how the jump in agricultural commodity prices has affected the farming industry when equipment supplier Deere & Company (DE) reports its quarterly earnings performance on Wednesday.

There are a diverse collection of funds ETF investors can consider when looking for exposure to the agriculture industry. MOO provided investors with access to the companies responsible for supplying farmers with the machinery and chemicals needed to produce adequate yields. Deere represents the largest position within MOO's portfolio, commanding over 8% of the fund's assets.

iShares MSCI Mexico Index Fund (EWW)

The international investing arena has been difficult to navigate recently because of the sovereign debt issues plaguing Europe, and China's government takes steps to reign in inflation.

Despite this economic turmoil, there are pockets of strength. For instance, Mexico and the rest of Latin America has remained particularly resilient. EWW, which reflects the performance of the broad Mexican marketplace, has seen a strong rally in recent months, powering back to pre-crisis levels and moving higher in our long-term momentum rankings. This fund is heavily dedicated to tech and the consumer, with telecom giant America Movil (AMX) and Walmart de Mexico (WMMVY) commanding the fund's top positions.

SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT)

The retail industry will take center stage this week as shopping centers and online retailers prepare for crowds of Black Friday shoppers. Although the frenzy is still a few days away, thanks to early deal leaks from industry leaders such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Best Buy (BBY), anticipation is already high.

Last week investors were treated to a slew of positive earnings reports from companies dedicated to various parts of the retail sector. The strength of their performance over the past three months lends credence to my belief of a consumer rebound. While XRT will benefit during the retail-fueled holiday season, investors may want to consider picking up this fund as a longer-term play on the larger consumer recovery.

Stock quotes in this article: MOO, EWW, XRT, ICF, HYD, DVY 

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