NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Welcome to Don Dion's "ETF Winners and Losers." Be sure to stop by throughout the week to find out which ETFs are gaining or losing.
iShares MSCI Sweden Index Fund
Europe is leading the markets higher as we approach the end of the week. Sweden is out in front of the positive move by ETFs linked to the troubled euro monetary bloc. Despite these impressive gains, EWD is struggling to regain the ground lost during its early week downturn.
Guggenheim China Small Cap ETF
China is securing a top spot on the winner's list, improving investor confidence in the emerging economic growth engine. Inherently volatile small-cap names are seeing the biggest bounce, as HAO works off the losses seen at the start of the week.
Other winning ETFs linked to the emerging world include the
Market Vectors India Small Cap Index ETF
iShares MSCI Russia Capped Index Fund
Guggenheim Solar ETF
After six consecutive days of losses, the solar energy-tracking TAN is finding some footing and powering to gains. It has been a rough couple of weeks of this volatile fund. Since peaking during the first half of February, it has witnessed only five other days of upward action.
iPath Dow Jones UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN
United States Natural Gas Fund
is tumbling for a fourth day, locking in all-time lows. The decline, however, is dwarfed when compared to the losses seen from GAZ. A substantial premium has magnified the ETN's downward action, pushing it to a second day of losses. Morningstar notes that the premium still stands at over 100%.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN
Investors are expressing some confidence as we await the release of Friday's highly anticipated jobs report. This, in turn, is weighing heavily on fear-tracking indices and exchange traded products. A quick two-day slide has pushed the VIX benchmark back to where it started the month. VXX has struggled as well. The ETN has retreated to its 2012 lows.
iShares FTSE NAREIT Mortgage Plus Capped Index Fund
The real estate industry is seeing mixed action. At the same time that REIT-focused funds like REM and the
iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund
are sliding into negative territory, the homebuilders are witnessing a jump. The
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund
SPDR S&P Homebuilder ETF
are both up over 2%.
All prices as of 2:10 PM EST
Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
At the time of publication, Dion Money Management owned iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index Fund.