Here's what was up and down in ETFs last week.
SPDR KBW Bank
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Regional Banks
These banking ETFs have some of the weakest momentum in the ETF universe, aside from double-short ETFs. Banks finally rebounded this week, however. It was the smaller regional banks such as
Fifth Third Bancorp
-- accounting for 2.87% of IAT but up 11.8% for the week -- that pushed up the fund.
, which accounts for 19.34% of IAT, gained only 3.6% for the week.
Market Vectors Indonesia
Emerging markets climbed on the market rally this week, and the already strong TUR and IDX added to their winning streak. EIS joined in this week; it has racked up a 19.1% gain in the past three weeks. These ETFs have room to run as long as the global equity markets continue their winning streak, but Indonesia
by a positive report from the IMF.
PowerShares Lux Nanotech
grew to 7.83% of PXN after gaining 29% this week on an improved forecast for the second half and an upgrade from
. Volatility is a staple with the holdings in this fund. On Friday,
, 4.78% of assets, fell 11%.
United States Natural Gas
UNG can't catch a break. Oil prices tumbled for most of the week before bouncing back on Thursday and Friday, but whereas
PowerShares DB Oil
finished with a small loss and a small gain, UNG sank. Supply and demand issues are still holding natural gas prices in check, but this hasn't hurt the popularity of UNG.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment
PowerShares Dynamic Oil & Gas Services
The volatility in oil prices also wreaked havoc on the oil service stocks, which finished down for the week. It didn't help that a large customer,
, reported earnings that were 66% below year-ago levels.
ProShares Ultra Short 20+ Year Treasury
The Treasury market continues to disappoint the bears. A big week of auctions closed with the long bonds trading higher, and conversely, inverse funds trading lower. Perhaps the stronger-than-expected GDP report will spark inflation concerns, TBT suffered half of its losses for the week on Friday alone, the day the report was released.
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