NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Welcome to Don Dion's "ETF Winners and Losers." Be sure to stop by throughout the week to find out which ETFs are gaining or losing.
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (PALL) 6.33%
Industry-linked precious metal-related ETFs are boding well in today's strength, as indicated by the upward action seen from physically-backed funds like PALL and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (SIVR). Miner funds are following suit. Both the Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL) and (GDXJ) are in positive territory.
First Trust ISE Global Copper Index ETF (CU) 6.0%Copper miners are powering higher as upward market action instills some welcomed confidence into wearied investors. The strength we are seeing is helping other materials-producer ETFs higher as well. The Market Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF (REMX) and Global X Lithium ETF (LIT) are seeing notable gains. Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN) 5.6% Solar energy stocks have tumbled hard as daunting macroeconomic headwinds weigh heavily on the volatile alternative energy sector. Over the past three days, however, TAN and Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (KWT) have staged a bit of a comeback. Many of the same factors that have plagued this industry over the past few months continue to be in play. Despite its recent run up, I encourage conservative investors to stick to the sidelines here. Market Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK) 4.9% A three-day rally has helped the gaming ETF recover an impressive chunk of its late September losses. Investors looking to gain exposure to BJK should maintain a close watch on the emerging markets. Increasingly, companies like Wynn Resorts (symbol) and Las Vegas Sands (LVS) are relying on developing regions like Macau for business. In the event of weakness here, this fund could be in for a rocky ride.
LosersiShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT) -1.4% Long-term U.S. treasuries are taking a shot as the market's upward action instills some confidence and leads individuals regain a taste for risk. This three-day rally has been encouraging, but I urge investors to avoid shunning safe haven asset classes entirely. Bonds, dividend stocks, and gold will continue to bode well in these choppy markets. All prices as of 2:15 PM EST Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
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