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.
iShares Gold Trust
Safe haven asset classes are taking a hit, indicated by the nearly 1.5% losses seen from the
iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund
. Meanwhile, gold is pushing higher, sending IAU and the
SPDR Gold Shares
to the winners list.
Gold miners are lagging, meanwhile. The
Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF
United States Oil Fund
Oil futures are heading higher as we approach the middle of the week.
The alternative energy industry is gaining as well, pushing the
Guggenheim Solar ETF
to its fifth day of upward action. As the broad marketplace attempts to maintain its strength, the volatile fund has managed to break to new 2012 highs and recover to levels last seen in late-October.
WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund
Japanese equities are heading higher, pushing broad-based funds like the
iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund
to strength. The yen's losses, however, is helping to contain any upward action. Investors who opt to venture into Japan's markets using DXJ are better suited for a weak-yen environment. The fund is specifically designed to defend against dollar-yen fluctuations.
Strength can be found in other corners of the developed world as well. The
iShares MSCI Italy Index Fund
is recovering a good portion of yesterday's losses.
United States Natural Gas Fund
Natural gas futures are heading south, pushing UNG along its volatile path.
Meanwhile, a 19% premium is heavily impacting the performance of the
iPath Dow Jones UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN
, causing it to diverge from UNG. The ETN is off less than 2% early afternoon trading.
Global X Copper Miners ETF
COPX's steep early-year run up helped the fund recapture its 200-day moving average for the first time since breaking below last August. Now, however, it appears as though the fund is taking a breather.
Copper miners and other single subsector producer funds could be in for trouble in the event that growth concerns resurface. Use caution here.