NEW YORK (
) -- Here are this week's exchange-traded fund winners and losers.
SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF
Although XSD suffered a slight selloff on Friday, these losses were not enough to keep this semiconductor ETF off of the week's winners' list.
The fund's four-day rally helped it recover back to its 50-day moving average. This marks the third time that XSD has visited this level over the most recent three-month period.
Keep the technology industry on the radar in the coming days. Next week, industry notables
are slated to report quarterly earnings numbers.
iShares MSCI Germany Index Fund
Although the European economic crisis continues to dominate headlines, over the past week investors saw some welcome relief. Thanks to a three-day string of gains during the middle of the week, the Germany ETF was actually able to score a spot among the week's winners.
News that a consortium of central banks is planning to step in to provide assistance to the EU may help ease some of the pressure facing this region. However, in the near term, I continue to urge investors to steer clear of the eurozone. Jittery action will likely persist here.
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iShares Dow Jones U.S. Regional Banks Index Fund
The regional banking industry witnessed a welcomed dose of strength, powering the IAT higher.
Investors turning to IAT for regional bank exposure should use caution. The fund's index is noticeably top-heavy, dedicating nearly a third of its portfolio to its two largest positions:
PNC Financial Services
. Investors looking for a more diversified option may want to consider opting for the
SPDR KBW Regional Banking ETF
No matter the fund you prefer, I encourage investors to approach IAT, KRE, and any other ETFs linked to the financial industry with caution. As analyst and market commentators continue to debate the state of the global recover picture, this region of the markets will likely continue to behave in a volatile manner.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN
The VIX-tracking VXX gave back a notable chunk of last week's gains as fear fell by the wayside and investors regained a taste for risk.