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.
WinnersiPath Dow Jones UBS Cotton Total Return Subindex ETN (BAL) 5.6%
The cotton ETN ran into headwinds late last week when InterncontinentalExchange (ICE) announced that it was stepping up oversight in an effort to limit the effects of speculation. However, on Monday it appears as though concerns have worn off and BAL has once again returned to strength.
Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (VNM) 3.0%
The Vietnamese marketplace reopened to strength today after being closed for the Lunar New Year. Monday's gains have helped the VNM recover some of the ground lost during the fund's recent three-day string of losses.Elsewhere in this region, Indonesia started the week reporting strong economic growth. Despite this robust number, the Market Vectors Indonesia ETF (IDX) has remained largely unchanged on the day, reflecting continued fears that the nation's markets are overheating.
Market Vectors Egypt ETF (EGPT) 2.3% Demonstrators remain on the streets of Egypt, prolonging the current protests into another week. Despite the ongoing political unrest, however, the Egypt ETF is seeing strong gains. With share creation halted, EGPT has developed a substantial premium, which currently stands at nearly 12%. Investors should continue to steer clear of this product. When share creation is at last restarted, this premium will be wiped out and investors holding the fund will likely face a rocky ride. iShares MSCI Israel Capped Investable Market Index Fund (EIS) 2.6% Although it witnessed strength heading into the start 2011, in recent weeks the Israel ETF has run into headwinds, weighed down in response to the political unrest sweeping through Egypt. EIS will likely remain volatile as Egyptian protests continue. Investors should use caution when venturing into this region of the globe.
LosersiPath Dow Jones UBS Natural Gas Total Return Subindex ETN (GAZ) -4.8% Natural gas prices are taking a shot across the bow on Monday, leading GAZ and the United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) to the top of the day's list of ETF losers. The weather appears to be a driving factor behind this decline. Warm forecasts for mid-February are weighing on demand expectations, pushing these funds lower.
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