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Dion's Thursday ETF Winners and Losers

NEW YORK (TheStreet) - 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.

Winners

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX) 4.7%

A spattering of negative news is causing investors to head for the exits as we approach the end of the week. In response to the jittery action, the fear-based VIX is seeing gains, leading the VXX and the iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN (VXZ) higher.

The recent bout of economic and political tension sweeping the globe has boded well for these two products. Thursday's gains have helped both funds power above their 50-day moving averages.

Despite this upward strength, I urge cautious, long-term focused investors to steer clear. On a number of occasions we have witnessed how quickly these two funds can reverse paths.

PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish (UUP) 0.7%

Fearful investors are flocking to defensive assets to protect against today's downward action. The U.S. dollar and long term treasuries are particularly popular, as UUP and the iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT) score noticeable gains.

Gold is bucking this trend, however. The iShares Gold Trust (IAU) was down 1.2% in early afternoon trading.

Losers

iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Total Return Subindex ETN (SGG) -5.5%

Sugar prices are tumbling amidst this sell off, leading SGG back below its 50-day moving average.

Cotton, another closely watched agricultural commodity, is taking a hit as well. Shares of iPath Dow Jones UBS Cotton Total Return Subindex ETN (BAL) are off over 1% in early afternoon trading.

Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL) -4.0%

Silver-related funds are taking a shot across the bow, with the equity-based SIL leading the pack lower.

The iShares Silver Trust (SLV), which tracks a physical stockpile of the white metal, is down 2.4%.

First Trust ISE Global Copper Index (CU) -3.9%

While silver is taking the biggest hit, some base metals-related funds are not far behind. Copper producers are getting knocked as ongoing economic and political turmoil weighs on investors' confidence in the global recovery picture.

The futures-tracking iPath Dow Jones UBS Copper Total Return Subindex ETN (JJC) is relatively flat.

All prices as of 2:15 PM EST

Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.

At the time of publication, Dion Money Management owned iShares Gold Trust.

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