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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.
Global X Lithium ETF(LIT) 6.4%
Strength is driving investors back into market-correlated asset classes. Equity-backed funds related to the commodities sector are seeing a particularly strong run-up. LIT,
Global X Uranium ETF(URA) and the
First Trust ISE Global Copper Index ETF(CU) are among the industry's biggest gainers.
Volatile, futures-tracking ETNs are strengthening as well. The
iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN(SGG) is up after eight consecutive days of losses.
PowerShares Financial Preferred Portfolio(PGF) 6.1%
Income-focused ETFs are seeing strength as the market's upward action leads investors to take cautious steps back into the risk. Preferred stock ETFs such as PGF and
iShares S&P Preferred Stock Index Fund(PFF) are seeing welcomed gains, recouping losses suffered during their steep, three-day slides.
Master-limited partnerships are rising as well, pushing the
JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN(AMJ) to industry-leading gains.
The yields associated with MLPs may make them attractive among income-focused investors. However, given the shakiness recently in the energy markets recently, this corner of the marketplace may be in for some rocky action.
iShares MSCI Australia Index Fund(EWA) 5.3%
iShares Australia and other commodities-heavy international ETFs are leading the way higher. Top holdings
BHP Billiton(BHP) and
Rio Tinto(RIO) are up over 5% and 8% respectively. Together, these two mining goliaths account for close to one-fifth of the fund's assets.
iShares MSCI Chile Investable Market Index Fund(ECH) is another big mover.
SPDR Dow Jones Global Real Estate ETF(RWO) 4.5%
Real estate-related ETFs are witnessing gains as market strength instills investor confidence in the global growth picture. RWO,
iShares FTSE NAREIT Mortgage Plus Capped Index Fund(REM) and
iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund(ICF) are three of the biggest movers from this sector.
Interestingly, the homebuilder sector is seeing bipolar action. While the
SPDR S&P Homebuilder ETF(XHB) is seeing small gains, the
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund(ITB) is off nearly 1%.