NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Welcome to Don Dion's Daily ETF Winners and Losers. Be sure to stop by each day to get a feel of who's winning and who's losing when it comes to ETFs.
iShares COMEX Gold Trust
Precious metal funds such as IAU performed positively in today's market. Investors still treat the yellow metal as a safe bet, especially in light of negative unemployment data. Wednesday's ADP report concluded that the private sector added only 42,000 jobs in July and today's report showed only 71,000 private sector jobs.
CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust
CurrencyShares Euro Trust
CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust
Foreign currencies such as the Swiss Franc are turning higher today as the U.S. dollar tumbles. After bottoming out in early June, the Swiss Franc has steadily advanced versus the U.S. dollar over the course of the past two months. The yen is near a 15-year high, while the euro has erased all of its losses going back to the start of May. Meanwhile, the dollar index dropped to an eight-month low.
SPDR KBW Regional Banking
The banking economy is inherently sensitive to market fluctuations, and this regional banking fund has underperformed as of late. The less-than- stellar unemployment statistics are bad news for new loan growth and the servicing of existing mortgages.
Rydex S&P SmallCap 600 Pure Value
, the fund's largest holding, enjoyed a solid start to the week, its notable 6.5% drop has been dragging RZV down today.
Meanwhile, RZV's second largest holding,
also fell in value, down 1.9%; earlier today, the company announced a recall of 1,900 wrought iron benches due to hazardous removable parts.
Data as of 2 p.m.
-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
At the time of publication, Dion Money Management was long iShares Comex Gold Trust.
Don Dion is president and founder of
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