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.
Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF
Precious metal ETFs are leading the way higher as markets end the choppy week on a mixed note. The strength extends beyond miner-related products like GDXJ and the
Global X Silver Miners ETF
and into bullion funds like the
iShares Silver Trust
iShares MSCI Poland Investable Market Index Fund
After a three-day string of losses pushed EPOL back to its 50-day moving average, the fund is closing out the week with gains. Other corners of Eastern Europe are heading higher as well. The
iShares MSCI Russia Capped Index Fund
is locking in some welcomed gains.
SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF
Although China's growth fears continue to take center stage, energy stocks are seeing a lift. XOP's upward action marks the fund's first day of gains all week. Futures-tracking energy products are heading higher as well. The
United States Natural Gas Fund
is up during mid-day trading.
VelocityShares 2x VIX Short Term ETN
iPath Dow Jones UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN
, TVIX has been struggling with a substantial premium. Over the past two days, however, the fund has taken a nosedive following news that Credit Suisse would resume share creation. GAZ is off over 5.5%. Disconnected products like TVIX and GAZ are not to be toyed with.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN
After this week's shaky action, the
indexes are preparing to close out the week on positive note. As selling pressure subsides, the fear-tracking VIX index and ETNs linked to it are taking a shot across the bow. VXX's swift March downturn has pushed the ETN back to all-time lows.
Investors are showing an unwillingness to unload exposure to long-term U.S. Treasuries. The ProShares
UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF
is off over 1.5%.