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iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX) 3.6%
Although the U.S. markets are seeing gains, the global economic trials continue to weigh on investor confidence. The fear-tracking VXX and iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid Term Futures ETN (VXZ) are in positive territory. Thursday's gains have pushed VXX above its 50-day moving average for the first time since late March.
Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (VNM) 2.2%Although it has staged an impressive comeback in recent weeks following its dramatic mid-March downturn, VNM continues to be noticeably volatile. Frontier markets like Vietnam must be approached with caution as we work our way through the current rough patch. iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund (ITB) 1.5% Homebuilders are witnessing some strength following a positive round of housing-related data points. Despite this action, I urge long-term investors to search elsewhere for real-estate exposure. Although they are lagging ITB today, the iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund (ICF) and the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index Fund (IYR) will likely behave in a more stable manner over time.