This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
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
TheStreet Open House

Dion's Weekly ETF Winners and Losers

Stocks in this article: VXX OIL TLT TUR PALL FAA

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

Winners

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX) 8.6%

Throughout the opening weeks of 2011, the markets have moved to a relentless upward trajectory. This week, however, headwinds mounted and fear made a comeback as political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa sent investors fleeing.

In response to these jitters, the fear-tracking VXX and iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid Term Futures ETN (VXZ) witnessed gains throughout most of the week. Although both products took a hit as nerves settled toward the end of the week, it was not enough to unseat VXX from the winners list.

Looking ahead, VXX will likely continue to be interesting to watch. However, as we have seen in the past, volatility-tracking products tend to behave in a wild fashion and should be avoided by conservative investors.

iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return Index ETN (OIL) 9.6%

Oil prices surged higher this week as political protests strangled production coming out of nations such as Libya. Supply concerns helped lift OIL and fellow futures-based fund, United States Oil Fund (USO) to levels last seen in early May, 2010.

Oil will likely be in the news during the coming week as investors keep a close watch on the commodities industry. Investors looking for a safe way to access this industry should turn to products aimed at oil and gas producers such as the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP).

iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Index Fund (TLT) 3.1%

Skittish investors fled the marketplace this week in light of geopolitical tensions sweeping the Middle East and Northern Africa. In an effort to protect from this turmoil, many turned to the safety of long term U.S. treasuries.

TLT's gains this week helped it surpass its 50-day moving average for the first time since it fell below the level in mid-October.

Losers

iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund (TUR) -8.1%

The Turkish ETF has faced ample headwinds throughout 2011 as debt issues continue to plague Europe and political unrest sweeps Libya and other nations hailing from the Middle East and Northern Africa. This barrage of turmoil has caused TUR to retreat considerably, returning to levels last seen prior to the fund's impressive run up in late 2010.

The outlook is cloudy for TUR. Investors should use extreme caution when looking at this region of the globe.

ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (PALL) -7.0%

The palladium ETF retreated below its 50-day moving average this week as investors shunned the volatile, industry-linked precious metal.

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link 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

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

Jim Cramer's protégé, 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
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!

Markets

DOW 17,164.95 -251.90 -1.45%
S&P 500 1,994.99 -26.26 -1.30%
NASDAQ 4,635.24 -48.1670 -1.03%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs