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WinnersMarket Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF (REMX) 2.9%
Shares of Molycorp (MCP - Get Report) are surging nearly 15% today on news that the firm will form a joint venture with Japan's Hitachi. The two firms will work together to produce rare earth magnets. MCP's strength is leading the rare-earth ETF to a day of notable gains.
MCP represents over 5% of REMX's portfolio, placing it as the sixth-largest index constituent.
Market Vectors China ETF (PEK) 2.7%A broad collection of China-focused ETFs are heading higher today. Leading the pack is the Market Vectors PEK. Unlike other ETFs, which track a basket of Chinese equities, PEK utilizes derivatives in an attempt to mimic the performance of China A-Shares. While the approach is unique, the popularity of the fund has led it to disconnect from its underlying assets, resulting in a premium that currently stands at over 14%. As long as this disconnect persists, it will be difficult to predict how PEK will perform. SPDR KBW Regional Banking ETF (KRE) 2.4% The regional banks have staged a dramatic rally throughout December, resulting in KRE recovering to levels last seen in mid-May. The financial industry, as a whole, faced headwinds throughout 2010 as the threat of sweeping Washington regulation loomed. Now that the bill has been passed, it will be interesting to see how funds such as KRE fare in the new year.