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The solar energy industry is getting a lift today, powering higher for the ninth consecutive day. Today's jump pushes this volatile product through its 50-day moving average, a level which has not been seen since it first broke below it in early November.
Ongoing global economic issues will likely prolong TAN's volatile streak. Investors should use caution when venturing into this region of the marketplace.
iPath Dow Jones UBS Cotton Total Return Subindex ETN(BAL) 1.9%
Cotton prices are seeing some of the strongest gains today as investors remain focused on the current rally in food prices. Although BAL has seen a nice rise in recent months, throughout the second half of December and start of 2011, the fund has traded sideways, locked between its 50-day moving average and the $75 mark. Both of these areas could be interesting to watch in the coming days.
Other futures-based agriculture ETNs are also heading higher today. Top movers include the
Teucrium Corn Fund(CORN) and the
iPath Dow Jones UBS Grains Total Return Subindex ETN(JJG).
Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF(GDXJ) 1.4%
Gold miners struggled through much of last week as improving economic conditions and sky-high prices led investors to unload the yellow metal and funds related to it. On Monday, however, the smallest and most volatile members of this industry are powering higher, leading GDXJ to gains.
Market Vectors Indonesia Index ETF(IDX) -5.2%
A number of Asian nations took a heavy shot on Monday, leading funds such as IDX,
Market Vectors India Small Cap Index Fund(SCIF) and
iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund(THD) to heavy losses.
I have warned investors in the past of the volatile nature of emerging and frontier nations. Those looking to try their luck with a fund such as IDX or THD must keep exposure small so as to avoid taking a heavy hit due to wild day-to-day swings.
First Trust ISE Global Copper Index Fund(CU) -1.7%
Heavy losses across a number of emerging markets and refueled European debt fears are pressuring investor sentiment on Monday. Concerns about the state of the global economy can cause investors to shun growth linked commodities such as copper and the companies responsible for producing it.
Oil Services HOLDRs(OIH) -1.3%
Although oil prices are heading higher on Monday, oil producers are taking a hit. When digging through oil industry options, investors should opt for a fund such as
SPDR Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF(XOP) or
iShares MSCI Oil Equipment & Services Index Fund(IEZ) over OIH. The HOLDRs option is notoriously topheavy, dedicating over half of its portfolio to its top four positions:
Schlumberger(SLB). OIH will be heavily influenced by the performance of these holdings going forward.
All prices as of 2:40 PM EST.