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Dion's Monday ETF Winners and Losers

Two homebuilder ETFs got a lift today after an upgrade on three housing stocks.
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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 Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

(ITB) - Get Report

+2.5%

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SPDR S&P Homebuilders

(XHB) - Get Report

+2.3%

Housing ETFs received a boost today after Deutsche Bank analysts issued upgrades on three notable housing companies,

D.R. Horton

(DHI) - Get Report

,

The Ryland Group

(RYL)

and

Meritage Homes

(MTH) - Get Report

. Deutsche Bank anlayst Nishu Sood outlined a positive impression of the sector's potential, claiming that "five years into the housing market's fall, we believe it is finally near the point from which it can sustainably recover."

SPDR S&P Retail

(XRT) - Get Report

+1.1%

McDonald's

(MCD) - Get Report

reported 7% growth in July, a positive sign for U.S. consumption. Investors also flocked to the retail sector in preparation for Tuesday's

Federal Reserve

meeting, which may feature more accommodative policies or a continuation of existing measures.

Losers

U.S. Natural Gas

(UNG) - Get Report

-4.9%

UNG has been sliding since last Thursday's inventory numbers. Now, milder weather forecasts are adding to the problem. At this point, UNG is heading to its 2010 lows below $7 per share.

-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.

At the time of publication, Dion Money Management was not long any of the equities mentioned.

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.