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iPath Dow Jones UBS Cotton Total Return Subindex ETN (BAL) 7.0%
Cotton continues to climb relentlessly, leading the BAL to lock in another day of industry leading gains and carve out another all-time high.
Today's rally has brought the price of this commodity beyond the $2 level for the first time. Looking ahead, although BAL has seen a dramatic ascension, investors should continue to exhibit caution when considering volatile single-crop ETNs.iShares Silver Trust (SLV) 3.1% Silver prices are heading higher today, leading SLV to surpass the highs witnessed at the close of 2010. Fellow bullion-backed fund ETFS Physical Silver Shares (SIVR) is seeing strong gains today as well. Industry-linked precious metals such as silver, platinum and palladium are attractive for investors seeking assets that will follow the market's strength and provide protection in the event of a shake up. iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund (ITB) 1.3% A strong housing starts number is fueling the homebuilder industry higher today, leading ITB and the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) to lock in a day of solid gains. Despite today's positive report, the residential corner of the real estate industry remains treacherous as supply issues weigh heavily. A stronger long term real estate bet is the REIT-focused iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund (ICF).