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It was a down week for the index after Friday's energy and transportation led a decline. Disappointing earnings from railroads spooked the market, despite

Amazon's

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impressive earnings. The

S&P 500 Index

finished the week with a 0.7% loss.

Dick Bove caused a bit of a stir Wednesday after he made positive comments on

Wells Fargo

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in the morning, only to reverse them in the afternoon, sending WFC down more than 5% on the day and triggering a market-wide sell-off. Still, when the dust was settled, the gains in the winners outstripped the losses in the losers.

Winners

Claymore/AlphaShares China Real Estate

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+6.0%

There were some reasons to think Chinese real estate firms would underperform, given a string of less than stellar IPOs, but a successful IPO of

China Real Estate Information

( CRIC) on Friday and the 7% increase in the offering size of the pending Hong Kong IPO of

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Evergrande

, a Chinese developer, suggests that some demand has come back into the market.

PowerShares DB Base Metals

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+7.7%

iPath Copper Total Return ETN

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+6.5%

Industrial metals picked up thanks to positive economic data. Dr. Copper is said to have the best forecasting ability of any economist, and he's grown more bullish in October, after turning a bit bearish in September.

iPath Grains Total Return

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+7.0%

PowerShares DB Agriculture

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+1.7%

Last week, DBA was a winner for the week as short-covering lifted grains, but this week JJG was the winner, with DBA's mild gain unimpressive and included only for comparison. JJG has nearly half the portfolio in soybeans, almost one-third in corn, and less than one-quarter in wheat. Corn and soybeans spiked this week and the more concentrated JJG benefited.

Losers

Market Vectors Indonesia

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-2.8%

IDX has had a nearly uninterrupted run since March. Recently, it closed near $63 on Oct. 6, but then fell near $60 on Oct. 12, only to rebound to just over $63 a share two days later, then retest that level again, only to tumble again towards $60 a share on Thursday of this week. It gained on Friday, however, and it needs to decisively break below $60 before I'd become bearish, but that doesn't mean it's a buy at these levels.

PowerShares Dynamic Biotech & Genome

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-6.2%

iShares Nasdaq Biotech

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-4.8%

Biotech continues to lag in this rally and last week was another disappointing one.

Amgen

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, the top holding at more than 11% of assets, sank after reporting earnings and was the main catalyst for the drop in IBB, but the general trend lower hit PBE even harder.

Market Vectors Gold Miners

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-3.5%

GDX took a breather this week as the advance in gold stalled and the overall market was down. Gold has moved in fits and starts, and unless the stock market is rallying, the gold miners trend lower as the excitement wanes, only to resume their advance one the yellow metal makes a new high.

At the time of publication, Dion had positions in IBB and GDX.

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.