Demand for

Direxion Funds'

new exchange traded funds is growing as investors look to triple the performance of stock indexes.

The Direxion triple-leveraged funds, which debuted in November, climbed Ratings' ranking of the 20 most-traded ETFs in February, based on average daily dollar volume.


Direxion Financial Bear 3x Shares

(FAZ) - Get Report

fund was No. 15 in the

ETF ranking

, up from 29 in


. The company's

Financial Bull 3x Shares

(FAS) - Get Report

fund rose to 19th from 23rd, and its

Large Cap Bear 3X Shares


fund leaped to 20th from 34th.

Eight of the 20 ETFs on the list below are leveraged, meaning they seek to multiply the performance of a given index, including five ProShares funds. Five are "inverse" funds that move

opposite the market


Three funds from January's list didn't make the February roster.

Oil Services HOLDRS

(OIH) - Get Report

tumbled to No. 22 from 19. The leveraged

ProShares Ultra QQQ

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retreated to 24th from 17th, and the

SPDR Mid Cap 400

(MDY) - Get Report

sank to 25th from 20th.



(SPY) - Get Report

held the top spot with ease with $27.1 billion in average daily turnover. The

PowerShares QQQ Trust


ranked second with $4.9 billion.

The SPDR fund's top holdings include

Exxon Mobil

(XOM) - Get Report


General Electric

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(T) - Get Report



(MSFT) - Get Report


Richard Widows is a senior financial analyst for Ratings. Prior to joining, Widows was senior product manager for quantitative analytics at Thomson Financial. After receiving an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University in California, his career included development of investment information systems at data firms, including the Lipper division of Reuters. His international experience includes assignments in the U.K. and East Asia.