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Dion's Wednesday ETF Winners and Losers

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Welcome to Don Dion's "ETF Winners and Losers." Be sure to stop by during the week to find out which ETFs are gaining or losing.

Winners

Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN) 12.2%

Signs of stablizing prices are helping to power the solar energy industry higher. With Wednesday's upward action, TAN has managed to break through its 50-day moving average for the first time since last May.

Companies leading the way higher include Trina Solar (TSL), Yingli Green Energy (YGE), and Suntech Power Holdings (STP). Each is up between 20% and 30%.

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund (ITB) 3.5%

For the third consecutive day, homebuilder ETFs including ITB and SPDR S&P Homebuilder ETF (XHB) are in positive territory. Since the start of the year, neither fund has seen more than a single day of downward action.

This early-year rally has pushed ITB back to its July highs. As the fund approaches post-meltdown levels, it will be interesting to see if this strength persists.

iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund (TUR) 2.3%

Turkey's markets have enjoyed a welcomed bounce following last week's sell-off. In response, TUR has pushed higher for three days, approaching levels seen at the start of the year.

A promising trade deficit report is helping to instill confidence in this volatile European nation. According to The Wall Street Journal, Turkey's current account deficit shrank for the first time in over two years in November.

ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (PPLT) 1.8%

Lingering European concerns have given the jitters to U.S. investors. Interestingly, however, strength can be seen in some growth-correlated assets. Platinum, for instance, is pushing higher, helping PPLT lock in stand out gains.

Other members of the precious metals spectrum are seeing tepid action.

Losers

iPath Dow Jones UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (GAZ) -5.4%

While the sun is shining on the solar stocks, other areas of the energy sector are taking a heavy shot across the bow. Both natural gas oil producers are struggling to find footing, pushing funds like the First Trust ISE Revere Natural Gas Index Fund (FCG) and iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Index Fund (IEO) to losses.

Natural gas futures are faring especially poorly. Both GAZ and the United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) are off over 5%, locking in new record lows.
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TUR $37.58 -2.90%
GAZ $1.13 2.70%
PPLT $98.54 1.90%
ITB $27.52 -0.47%
TAN $29.99 1.00%

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