NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Welcome to Don Dion's "Daily ETF Winners and Losers." Be sure to stop by each day to find out which ETFs are gaining or losing.
First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF (FAN) 3.2%
Although some corners of the alternative energy sector are facing pressure in light of ongoing debt negotiations in Washington, the wind power industry ETF is flying higher.
FAN's strength can be traced back to the more than 90% gains seen from major holding, Hansen Transmissions, which accounts for close to 4% of the fund's total assets.iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX) 2.0% The markets are starting off the new week on a jittery note as the focus remains directed towards the ongoing debt debate in Washington. In response to the uncertainty, VIX-tracking exchange-traded products are getting a lift. VXX's gains are helping to snap the ETN's four-day losing streak. CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust (FXF) 1.6% In response to the uneasy market environment, many are opting for a risk-off investing approach. The Swiss franc has become a champion amongst defensive-minded investors looking to avoid exposure to the troubled euro. Last week, I highlighted (http://www.thestreet.com/story/11188731/1/investors-flock-to-safe-haven-etfs.html) FXF as a product to keep an eye on as headwinds persist.