Dion's Friday ETF Winners and Losers - TheStreet

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.


iPath Dow Jones UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN

(GAZ) - Get Report


Natural gas futures are seeing upward action following Thursday's better-than-expected-inventory report. While the premium-laden GAZ is leading, the

United States Natural Gas Fund

(UNG) - Get Report

, which currently boasts no premium, is also pushing higher in early afternoon trading.

Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF



Other corners of the energy sector are gaining ground as well. Strength from solar names is helping to buoy not only dedicated instruments like KWT and the

Guggenheim Solar ETF

(TAN) - Get Report

, but also broader alternative energy funds like the

PowerShares Wilderhill Clean Energy Portfolio

(PBW) - Get Report


SPDR S&P Capital Markets ETF

(KCE) - Get Report


KCE spent much of the past week trading sideways. However, as we head into the weekend, the fund appears to have gathered some steam and is currently retesting its 2012 highs.

Other financials-focused ETFs like the

Financial Select Sector SPDR

(XLF) - Get Report

and the

SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF

(KRE) - Get Report

are seeing only limited upside action.


iPath Dow Jones UBS Copper Subindex Total Return ETN

(JJC) - Get Report


Copper prices are stumbling as risk appetites wane heading into the long weekend.

Copper's weakness is weighing heavily on broader base metals ETFs as well. For a sixth day, the futures-backed

PowerShares DB Base Metals Fund

(DBB) - Get Report

is heading into negative territory. The fund is fast approaching its 50-day moving average. This level should be watched closely to see if it can hold up as a point of support.

SPDR S&P Biotech ETF

(XBI) - Get Report


After a staggering run up during the opening weeks of the year, the biotech industry has begun to show signs of leveling off. Over the past week, funds like XBI, the

First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index Fund

(FBT) - Get Report

and the

iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index Fund

(IBB) - Get Report

have traded along a sideways path. It will be interesting to see which direction they choose in the days ahead.

Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF

(GDXJ) - Get Report


The markets are seeing subdued action during this week's final trading session. As major indices see mixed performance, gold is struggling to gain traction. With the yellow metal trading in negative territory, miners are floundering. Both GDXJ and the

Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF

(GDX) - Get Report

are dipping over 1%.

All prices as of 2:12 PM EST.

Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.


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At the time of publication, Dion Money Management did not own any equities mentioned.