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Dion's Monday ETF Winners and Losers

Market Vectors Vietnam ETF was rising on good development news and World Bank approval of $450 million in loans.
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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 MSCI Singapore Index Fund

(EWS) - Get Report

1.2%

EWS,

iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund

(THD) - Get Report

and

Market Vectors Vietnam ETF

(VNM) - Get Report

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

(XLP) - Get Report

1.1%

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

(VDC) - Get Report

, as well as utilities funds like

Vanguard Utilities ETF

(VPU) - Get Report

, have benefited the most from this flight to safety.

iShares MSCI Switzerland Index Fund

(EWL) - Get Report

0.4%

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.

Losers

United States Natural Gas Fund

(UNG) - Get Report

-3.6%

Natural gas prices are taking a hit today as traders unwind bets ahead of contract expirations. UNG and

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iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return Subindex ETN

(GAZ) - Get Report

will be volatile though, as the Atlantic hurricane season gets into full swing.

WisdomTree DEFA ETF

(DWM) - Get Report

-0.9%

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

(DVY) - Get Report

.

ETFS Physical Palladium Shares

(PALL) - Get Report

-2.3%

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

(SLV) - Get Report

and ETFS Physical Silver Shares, as well as the miner-focused

Global X Silver Miners ETF

(SIL) - Get Report

, are heading lower. Gold is also feeling pressure after it approached all time highs this morning.

iShares COMEX Gold Shares

(IAU) - Get Report

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

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.