Dion's Monday ETF Winners and Losers

The precious metals, China real estate and natural gas ETFs were moving higher today.
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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.

Winners

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get Report

4.4%

The precious metals are leading the pack today with silver shining the brightest. SLV and the newer

ETFS Physical Silver Shares

(SIVR) - Get Report

are both seeing strong gains.

Gold-focused funds including

Market Vectors Gold Miners

(GDX) - Get Report

and

iShares COMEX Gold Trust

(IAU) - Get Report

are following close behind silver.

Claymore/AlphaShares China Real Estate Index ETF

(TAO) - Get Report

1.5%

China's top real estate players are also finding strength today despite ongoing concerns surrounding the nation's markets.

TAO and large-cap China ETFs will continue to struggle in the near future as Beijing attempts to cool the nation's overheating market. Investors looking for exposure to this nation should instead opt for small-cap exposure using the

Claymore/AlphaShares China Small Cap Index ETF

(HAO) - Get Report

.

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Index Fund

(IEO) - Get Report

1.4%

BP is at last making progress in tying off the oil spill that has ravaged the Gulf of Mexico and its surrounding coast for more than a month. This news has helped lift firms from across the energy industry.

Natural gas producers are among the largest beneficiaries today, with the

First Trust Revere-ISE Natural Gas Index ETF

(FCG) - Get Report

seeing some of the strongest gains.

Losers

Claymore/MAC Global Solar Energy Index ETF

(TAN) - Get Report

-2.65%

The solar industry continues to struggle in light of the ongoing trials facing the European bloc. Although this fund has shown signs of trading sideways in recent weeks, today's dip once again brings it near previous 2010 lows. Remain cautious of this sector.

iPath Dow Jones-UBS Sugar Total Return Subindex ETN

(SGG) - Get Report

-1.6%

Although sugar prices are getting battered today, SGG's chart shows signs that the sweetener's slide may have reached a bottom. Since the start of May, the shares of SGG have treaded sideways. While I still urge investors to avoid any single agriculture ETFs like SGG, this fund may be interesting to watch in the near term as its next move plays out.

iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Total Return Subindex

(JJC) - Get Report

-1.5%

Copper is another commodity struggling today. JJC, which is designed to track the price of this red metal, has been on a steep downfall since the start of June, dipping to levels last seen in October 2009. The outlook for copper looks rough in the near term, given China's steps to cool its overheating economy. Investors should remain cautious of the base metals industry in the near future.

Market Vectors Steel ETF

(SLX) - Get Report

is also taking a hit today.

All prices as of 2:16 PM EST

-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.

At the time of publication, Dion Money Management was long Market Vectors Gold Minners, iShares COMEX Gold Trust.

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.