This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Dion's Weekly ETF Winners and Losers

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Here are this week's winners and losers.


iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Total Return Subindex ETN (SGG) 7.4%

A weakened dollar and supply issues in India caused sugar to power higher this week, lifting the futures-based SGG along for the ride. Although it managed to score some of the strongest gains in the ETF industry, SGG is still struggling to regain the atmospheric levels at the start of the month.

While SGG's recent performance has been exciting to watch, I would not advise long-term investors to try their luck with this fund. It is not uncommon that a single commodity product such as this will swing wildly from day to day.

Investors wary of this type of volatility would be better off using a broader fund such as PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (DBA) to get their sugar fix.

The fund tracks the performance of a number of agricultural products and sets aside 12.5% of its portfolio to the sweetener.

> > Bull or Bear? Vote in Our Poll

iPath Dow Jones UBS Natural Gas Total Return Subindex ETN (GAZ) 5.9%

Natural gas prices powered higher this week, helping futures-based products such as GAZ and United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) score strong gains. Once again, the heavy premium underlying GAZ was an influence, leading the iPath product to outperform UNG.

Heavy demand for natural gas exposure has caused the GAZ to diverge from its underlying assets, amounting to a current premium of 11%.

Although it has come down from its 26% high, I would still advise investors to avoid playing with this product. When this premium is eventually wiped out, the fund will fall back in line with its underlying assets. This will result in rocky performance.

A stronger, more reliable play on the natural gas industry is the First Trust ISE Revere Natural Gas Fund (FCG), which tracks companies heavily involved in the production of the fuel.

SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) 2.8%

Investors looking for a chance to bank on Black Friday crowds piled into the retail-focused XRT this week. Looking ahead, this fund and other consumer-focused products should continue to perform well as shoppers scour shopping malls and online retailers in search of holiday gift ideas.

While funds such as XRT will be in the spotlight during the holiday season, investors may want to consider adding this and other consumer focused funds to their radar as possible long-term plays on the ongoing resurgence of the consumer.
1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
EWY $52.25 0.00%
EZA $55.70 0.00%
EWP $28.84 0.00%
GAZ $0.46 0.00%
SGG $37.21 0.00%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,773.64 -57.12 -0.32%
S&P 500 2,065.30 -10.51 -0.51%
NASDAQ 4,775.3580 -29.9330 -0.62%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs