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 MSCI Singapore Index Fund
iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund
Market Vectors Vietnam ETF
are three Asian-focused single nation funds rising.
The Vietnam ETF's gains can be attributed to news of the nation's ambitious development plans as well as reports that the World Bank had approved loans valued at more than $450 million for the nation.
Consumer Staples Select Sectors SPDR Fund
Today's jittery market is driving investors towards the safest and most stable sectors of the U.S. economy. Consumer staples funds such as XLP and
Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF
, as well as utilities funds like
Vanguard Utilities ETF
, have benefited the most from this flight to safety.
iShares MSCI Switzerland Index Fund
The Swiss ETF is managing to hold onto gains today thanks to an optimistic outlook presented by one of the nation's top central bankers. In recent weeks the nation's currency, the Swiss franc, has rallied against the euro, reaching record highs. However, despite this strength, the Swiss National Bank insists that there is no threat of deflation on the horizon for the nation.
United States Natural Gas Fund
Natural gas prices are taking a hit today as traders unwind bets ahead of contract expirations. UNG and
iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return Subindex ETN
will be volatile though, as the Atlantic hurricane season gets into full swing.
WisdomTree DEFA ETF
On Monday, the U.S. markets have not been alone in being shaky. As seen by the performance of the WisdomTree DEFA ETF, pressure is being felt around the globe. DWM is designed to track dividend-paying companies hailing from Europe, Far East Asia, and Australasia.
Investors seeking international exposure may want to keep DWM on their radar. The fund's divided focus will deliver income despite economic uncertainty. My favorite pick for dividend-paying companies is the domestic
iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index Fund
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares
Precious metals are taking a hit today with palladium and silver leading the downward action. Both physically backed funds such as PALL,
iShares Silver Trust
and ETFS Physical Silver Shares, as well as the miner-focused
Global X Silver Miners ETF
, are heading lower. Gold is also feeling pressure after it approached all time highs this morning.
iShares COMEX Gold Shares
is currently down 1.2%.
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 iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index Fund and iShares COMEX Gold Shares.
Don Dion is president and founder of
, 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.