Dion's Tuesday ETF Winners and Losers

Chip, agriculture and retail ETFs were rising today.
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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:

SPDR S&P Semiconductor

(XSD) - Get Report

: +2.1%

Although the fund incurred heavy losses last week, this semiconductor fund has turned around nicely over the past few days, riding the general upswing of market performance. Given the semiconductor industry's shaky year-to-date performance, it's nice to see XSD make a recent comeback.

Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF

(MOO) - Get Report

: +5%

MOO is riding higher today after

BHP Billiton

's

(BHP) - Get Report

rejected bid to acquire

Potash

(POT)

injected confidence into the broad fertilizer industry. In recent weeks a number of factors have come together to benefit the agriculture industry including steep wheat prices due to crop deterioration in Russia.

Looking to tomorrow, ag bulls will watch closely as

Deere

(DE) - Get Report

is scheduled to report its quarterly earnings.

Global X Lithium ETF

(LIT) - Get Report

: +3.4%

Global X launched its lithium fund at the beginning of the month, and although dropping after an all-time high on Aug. 5, the fund looks to be picking itself back up, especially in the past few days. Since inception, the fund has accrued just over 5 percent growth.

Retail HOLDRS

(RTH) - Get Report

: +2.1%

This retail fund moved upwards with the rest of the market and benefited from strong earnings reports from industry leaders such as

Walmart

(WMT) - Get Report

. The retail titan report reported better-than-expected second quarter profits.

My favorite retail play remains

SPDR S&P Retail ETF

(XRT) - Get Report

.

Losers:

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN

(VXX) - Get Report

: -4.7%

Chronically skittish investors have regained a bit of faith in the market as sectors generally outperformed today. This upward momentum has led to a surge in economic confidence, which in turn pushed the VIX fear index (and its related ETF) lower.

iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond

(TLT) - Get Report

: -0.7%

Bond funds function as a safe haven for investors during periods of market instability and therefore tend to decline as confidence in the economy returns. Across the board, exchange traded funds designed to track bonds suffered today.

All prices as of 2:15 PM EST

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.