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

Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF

(GDX) - Get Report

4.7%

Precious metals have been all the rage today with funds designed to track gold, silver, and palladium all locking in strong gains. Miners in particular are surging, powering GDX,

Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF

(GDXJ) - Get Report

, and

Global X Silver Miners ETF

(SIL) - Get Report

to top spots.

Top moving physically backed precious metal funds include

ETFS Physical Palladium Shares

(PALL) - Get Report

and

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get Report

.

SPDR S&P Semiconductors ETF

(XSD) - Get Report

1.7%

Although they have faced their fair share of rough going recently, the semiconductor ETF has managed to pull off another day of notable gains. Today's move brings XSD back up to its 50-day moving average which has been a point of resistance since the start of August.

SPDR S&P Retail ETF

(XRT) - Get Report

2%

Coming off of an optimistic earnings report from the government and strong earnings numbers from

Best Buy

(BBY) - Get Report

, the retail ETF is posting gains.

I have highlighted XRT and the retail industry on numerous occasions as an area of interest. Despite the economic turmoil that continues to plague many parts of the U.S. and global economy, consumers still appear willing to turn to

Amazon

(AMZN) - Get Report

or the local mall to get their shopping done.

iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Total Return Subindex ETN

(SGG) - Get Report

2.9%

Sugar prices are continuing to follow a staggering trajectory which has helped SGG erase nearly all of its losses suffered during the February tumble. So far, September has consisted almost entirely of up days.

SGG's ascension has been impressive. However, I would advise investors to avoid this fund. A more diversified agriculture ETF such as the

PowerShares DB Agriculture ETF

(DBA) - Get Report

is a far safer option.

Losers

SPDR KBW Regional Banking ETF

(KRE) - Get Report

2.1%

After a strong run up Monday, the financial industry is giving back the gains, earnings a spot on top of today's losers list.

Regional banks are getting hit particularly hard today, pressuring KRE and the

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Regional Banking Index Fund

(IAT) - Get Report

. Larger firms have been immune, as iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financial Services Index Fund (IYG) also carved out losses.

United States Natural Gas Fund

(UNG) - Get Report

-0.3%

Natural gas prices are getting knocked around today, causing the UNG to take a shot across the bow. Meanwhile, crude oil prices, as tracked by the

United States Oil Fund

(USO) - Get Report

is also taking a hit, dipping 0.2%.

Playing oil and natural gas using UNG and USO can be a tricky endeavor. Instead, investors should turn to equity backed products such as the

First Trust ISE Revere Natural Gas Fund

(FCG) - Get Report

and the

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment & Services Index Fund

(IEZ) - Get Report

.

ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year U.S. Treasury ETF

(TBT) - Get Report

-1.6%

Some of the optimism from Monday may be dispersing despite today's optimistic retail numbers .Although the markets were up slightly heading into late morning hours investors still appear skittish, turning to long-term treasuries, placing pressure on TBT.

All prices as of 2:15 PM EST.

-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.

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

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.