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.
iPath Dow Jones UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN
The futures-linked GAZ is gaining ground today. Interestingly, fellow natural gas futures fund, the
United States Natural Gas Fund
is seeing considerably smaller gains. As I've explained in the past, this disconnect can largely be attributed to GAZ's premium, which currently stands at nearly 6%.
iShares Silver Trust
Silver prices are making a comeback from yesterday's dip, snapping SLV's recent two-day slide.
As we witnessed over the past week, silver continues to be a wildly volatile commodity and, therefore, funds like SLV must be approached with caution.
Fellow members of the precious metals spectrum are seeing less pronounced action.
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares
iShares Gold Trust
are both seeing slight losses.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN
Factors such as this morning's CPI report are pushing the market lower today, raising investor concerns. This bout of weakness is helping to lift fear-based VIX ETNs, including
VXX and iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid Term Futures ETN
iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund
Thursday's gains helped to lift the Turkey ETF back up to its 50-day moving average. TUR is struggling to capitalize, however, and is currently heading lower.
A combination of political tension sweeping the Middle East and Northern Africa, and economic troubles in Europe, are helping to stir volatility in the Turkish marketplace.
iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund
is another notable emerging market decliner.
iPath Dow Jones UBS Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN
Coffee prices are taking a shot today, pushing the futures-based JO to notable losses. Comments from coffee heavyweight,
are likely helping to pressure the bean's price. On Friday, the company's president explained that he expects coffee's price to fall.
As I've explained previously, funds like JO, which track a single crop or commodity, tend to behave in a volatile manner. Therefore, they are not ideal for conservative, long-term investors.