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Dion's Thursday ETF Winners and Losers

The gold ETFs were among the few ETFs scoring gains 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

United States Natural Gas Fund

(UNG) - Get Report

3.1%

Natural gas prices and ETFs linked to the fuel are recovering after Wednesday's tumble thanks to the weekly report from the Energy Information Administration. Over the past week, the agency saw natural gas stockpiles increase by 87 billion cubic feet (bcf). Analysts had predicted that stockpiles would grow by 90 bcf.

Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF

(GDX) - Get Report

2.8%

Amid today's choppy market, certain precious metals and their respective miners are among the only ETFs scoring gains. The strongest performances have come from GDX,

Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF

(GDXJ) - Get Report

, and physically backed silver funds:

ETFS Physical Silver Shares

(SIVR) - Get Report

, and

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get Report

.

Losers

PowerShares DB Base Metals ETF

(DBB) - Get Report

-2.4%

Tension resulting from Wednesday's less-than-optimistic U.S. housing market data is placing pressure on the base metals. Leading DBB lower is its copper position. On Thursday, the ETN designed to track the red metal,

iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Total Return Subindex ETN

(JJC) - Get Report

is taking big losses along side broader metals-focused funds.

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iPath Dow Jones-UBS Sugar Total Return Subindex ETN

(SGG) - Get Report

-1.9%

Over the past three days, nothing has been sweet about the sugar ETN. Since surpassing its 50-day moving average late last week, this fund has struggled to capitalize, returning once more to the level.

Despite today's losses, the fund may be showing signs of bottoming. This fund may be interesting to watch in coming days to see if it can maintain higher levels.

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund

(ITB) - Get Report

-1.6%

Homebuilder and broad real estate-focused ETFs continue to slide after Wednesday's dismal report. ITB and

SPDR S&P Homebuilder ETF

(XHB) - Get Report

are among the industry's biggest losers.

Now that the government tax credit program has been wrapped, playing the housing market will be risky.

iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Fund

(FXI) - Get Report

-1.3%

China's markets have struggled in recent weeks as the nation's leaders take steps to cool an overheating housing market. Today, funds tracking the largest companies listed in the Asian markets including FXI and

SPDR S&P China ETF

(GXC) - Get Report

are taking heavy hits.

All prices as of 2:15 PM EST

At the time of publication, Dion Money Management was long Market Vectors Gold Miners.

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.