Dion's Friday ETF Winners and Losers

Energy prices are heading higher as investors prepare to wrap up this shortened trading week.
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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.

Winners

United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) - Get Report 2.4%

Energy prices are heading higher as investors prepare to wrap up this shortened trading week. Both UNG and the

United States Oil Fund

(USO) - Get Report

are pocketing gains. Meanwhile, equity based energy ETFs are also heading higher.

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment & Services Index Fund

(IEZ) - Get Report

and

First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund

(FCG) - Get Report

are both treading along in positive territory.

iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Total Return Subindex ETN (SGG) - Get Report 1.1%

Sugar prices continue their assault higher, providing SGG with fuel to rally.

The sugar ETN has seen a dramatic reversal from the start of the year when the fund tumbled to near all-time lows. The rollercoaster ride that 2010 has presented for this fund further highlights the volatile nature of single commodity ETNs such as SGG.

ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TBT) - Get Report 0.8%

The bulls have scored a number of welcomed gains this week, helping to slow the ascent of defensive plays such as the

iShares Barlcays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund

(TLT) - Get Report

. TBT has benefited from this flight towards risk, bouncing off lows to revisit its 50-day moving average.

In August, this point proved an area of resistance for TBT. Investors may want to keep a close watch to see if the same story plays out heading into next week.

Losers

SPDR S&P Semiconductors ETF (XSD) - Get Report) -2.3%

The semiconductors ETFs are struggling today after

National Semiconductor

(NSM)

(NSM) lowered its revenue expectations. Within XSD's index, the most pain could be felt from

Microchip Technology

(MCHP) - Get Report

and

Analog Devices

(ADI) - Get Report

. The firms were down 4.3% and 3.0% respectively in late morning trading.

Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (VNM) -2.1%

Although it has staged a dramatic recovery from August doldrums, the Vietnam ETF is struggling to hold onto levels seen prior to its breakdown.

Looking forward, VNM and other frontier market ETFs could be exciting to watch as investors seek out investment opportunities outside of the developed world.

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) - Get Report -1.9%

The bulls came swinging at the start of Friday's day and held onto gains, paving the way for another loss across the VIX-related ETNs.

Although volatility persists in today's markets, the VXX and the iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN (VXZ) still managed to get take hits just about every day this week.

All prices as of 2:15 PM EST.

Don Dion is president and founder of

Dion Money Management

, a fee-based investment advisory firm to affluent individuals, families and nonprofit organizations, where he is responsible for setting investment policy, creating custom portfolios and overseeing the performance of client accounts. Founded in 1996 and based in Williamstown, Mass., Dion Money Management manages assets for clients in 49 states and 11 countries. Dion is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and Maine and has more than 25 years' experience working in the financial markets, having founded and run two publicly traded companies before establishing Dion Money Management.

Dion also is publisher of the Fidelity Independent Adviser family of newsletters, which provides to a broad range of investors his commentary on the financial markets, with a specific emphasis on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. With more than 100,000 subscribers in the U.S. and 29 other countries, Fidelity Independent Adviser publishes six monthly newsletters and three weekly newsletters. Its flagship publication, Fidelity Independent Adviser, has been published monthly for 11 years and reaches 40,000 subscribers.