NEW YORK (
) -- Welcome to Don Dion's Daily ETF Winners and Losers. Be sure to stop by each day to get a feel of who's rising and who's falling when it comes to ETFs.
United States Natural Gas
Though the fund took a big hit on Wednesday, UNG has managed to recover all of its losses in the final stretch of this shortened trading week, locking in some of the best gains in the ETF industry. Although it's starting the second quarter with a bang, UNG was found to be one of the poorest performers in the first quarter.
Keeping this in mind, investors should be aware that this fund may still have room to fall despite today's rebound.
Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF
Gold miners have managed to steal a top position among Thursday's winners. Big news in the industry came from
Lihir Gold Limited
, which saw its shares soar nearly 30% after rejecting an $8.4 billion cash and stock takeover bid from Newcrest. Lihir is GDX's eleventh largest position, accounting for more than 4% of the fund's index.
Market Vectors Indonesia Index ETF
Indonesia has started off April strong, with IDX locking in some of the strongest gains across the entire ETF arena.
Investors watching this Southeast Asian nation will want to keep their eyes on April 6, when the country's central bank meets to review policy. Thus far the nation has refrained from raising interest rates along with other countries in the region.
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares
On Thursday, palladium prices and PALL are continuing their week-long ascension. Gains from this white metal can be attributed to growing optimistic sentiment regarding the U.S. and global economic recovery. Palladium, like its cousin platinum, is used in the auto industry and for consumer goods.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN
Thursday's losses are capping off a tough week for investors banking on playing the VIX with VXX. A relatively flat market sent investors fleeing from both this and other volatility tracking exchange traded funds. VXX has been on a steep and steady slide since the market sell-off at the end of February.
iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasurey Bond Fund
The first day of April has not been kind to long-term treasuries. With the government wrapping up its mortgage-backed securities buying program Wednesday, investors fear that the decline in market demand for long-term debt will lead to rising yields.
All prices as of 2:12 p.m. EST
-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
At the time of publication, Dion owns iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasurey Bond Fund.
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.