July's Best ETFs: Pro-Biotech, or Anti-Commodity - TheStreet

In July, the best-performing exchange-traded funds bet either against commodities, or on biotechnology stocks.

With the sharp pullback in the price of oil to the $110 level from the $140 level, the

UltraShort Oil & Gas ProShares

(DUG) - Get Report

gained 32.24% in July. The fund tracks the inverse of the Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Index with 200% leverage.

The second-best performer,

iShares MSCI Turkey Investible Market Index Fund

(TUR) - Get Report

, added 25.23% for the month. This index fund, which began trading on March 28, is off to a good start.

Two other hot newcomers with even shorter track records focus on shorting commodities. For July, the

PowerShares DB Commodity Double Short ETN

(DEE)

is up 23.06%. Over the same period, the

PowerShares DB Agriculture Double Short ETN

(AGA)

returned 21.70%.

Most of the remaining funds on the list hold biotech stocks like

Genetech

(DNA)

,

Amgen

(AMGN) - Get Report

and

Biogen Idec

(BIIB) - Get Report

.

The best-performing of these biotechnology funds are the

SPDR S&P Biotech ETF

(XBI) - Get Report

and the

Biotech HOLDRs Trust

(BBH) - Get Report

, appreciating 20.10% and 19.75%, respectively.

Climbing out of the abyss, the

Regional Bank HOLDRs Trust

(RKH)

halved its loss over the last year with a solid, 16.60% performance in July. Top holdings include

JPMorgan Chase

(JPM) - Get Report

,

Wells Fargo

(WFC) - Get Report

and

Bank of America

(BAC) - Get Report

.

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Kevin Baker became the senior financial analyst for TSC Ratings upon the August 2006 acquisition of Weiss Ratings by TheStreet.com, covering mutual funds. He joined the Weiss Group in 1997 as a banking and brokerage analyst. In 1999, he created the Weiss Group's first ratings to gauge the level of risk in U.S. equities. Baker received a B.S. degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. with a finance specialization from Nova Southeastern University.