NEW YORK (
) --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.
SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF
The technology sector is heading higher as we get closer to the holiday weekend. While semiconductor-focused funds, like XSD, are leading the way, networking and Internet stocks are also strengthening. The
PowerShares Dynamic Networking Portfolio
First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund
are up around 2%.
After yesterday's selloff, the
iShares S&P North American Technology Software Index Fund
is seeing tepid action. During early afternoon trading, it was up less than 1%.
SPDR S&P Bank ETF
The financial industry is finding its footing, helping funds like KBE and the
PowerShares KBW Bank Portfolio
power higher. Wall Street giant,
is a notable gainer, jumping over 6%. A three-day string of gains has helped KBE recover back above its 50-day moving average.
Despite this strength, I encourage investors to remain cautious toward this sector.
iShares MSCI South Africa Index Fund
On the international front, South Africa is scoring a spot on the leader board. Overall, it has been a choppy week for EZA. Despite its yo-yoing action, however, the fund has still managed to power higher.
India is an emerging nation heading higher. The
WisdomTree India Earnings ETF
is on the verge of locking in its third consecutive days of gains.
Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF
After two days of upward action, gold prices appear to be taking a small breather. Gold miners appear to be seeing an adverse reaction to this weakness. In the face of a generally positive market, both GDXJ and
Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF
are taking a notable shot across the bow.
Silver is struggling as well, indicated by the downward action seen from bullion-backed
iShares Silver Trust
. Palladium is bucking the trend. The
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares
was up around 3% in early afternoon trading.
Market Vectors Vietnam ETF
As South Africa and India head higher, other frontier and emerging nations are struggling to find footing. VNM and the
iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund
are two noticeable decliners.
Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see if VNM can find support. The fund is approaching its previous 2011 lows.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN
-0.8% Investors were greeted to a mixed batch of economic data at the start of the day. While Q3 GDP was revised downward, new jobless claims dipped to their lowest level since April 2008.
Despite the bipolar news, investors are showing resilience. The fear-tracking VIX index is tumbling for its third day, breaking to lows not seen since late July. VXX, meanwhile, has slumped below its 200-day moving average for the first time since early August. This is VXX's sixth consecutive day of losses.
All prices as of 2:15 PM EST