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.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN
The markets are taking a shot across the bow today as we head towards the week's close. In return the VIX-tracking ETNs are among the few ETFs treading in positive territory.
The VXX has shown signs of leveling out over the past week and even ended the week in positive territory. Still, long-term investors should not try their luck with this product.
iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Total Return Subindex ETN
Sugar prices are tumbling for the second consecutive day, weighing on SGG. Today's weakness can be attributed to reports that India is slated to produce a surplus of the sweetener.
SGG's crash over the past two days highlights the volatile nature of single commodity ETNs. Investors looking for a more solid way to play agricultural futures products should look to funds such as
PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund
, which tracks a basket of various futures contracts.
Market Vectors China ETF
The weakness in the China's marketplace is being blamed for struggling markets around the world today. While China is tumbling the hardest, other emerging market-focused ETFs are feeling pain as well. Non China-related ETF decliners include
WisdomTree India Earnings ETF
iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund
I would not advise investors looking for China exposure to choose PEK. Though designed to reflect the performance of China A-Shares, PEK does not actually track a basket of stocks.
Rather, the fund uses derivatives to mimic the index's performance. The popularity of the fund has lead to the development of a substantial premium which is skewing its performance. When this premium is wiped out, investors will be sent for a loop.
Global X Silver Miners ETF
Silver prices have powered higher for a handful of months as investors seek out exposure to precious metals in hopes of protecting against market volatility. On Friday, however the metal ran into a roadblock, resulting in losses for both miners and physically-based products.
ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (PPLT) was another notable tumbler.
Market Vectors Coal ETF
Coal is taking a hit as shaky markets weigh on investor sentiment. Despite today's downturn, I wouldn't advise investors to take KOL off their radar. Given the strong growth outlooks from the emerging markets and the ongoing economic healing facing many regions of the globe, energy demand still looks promising. Coal will be a staple resource in powering the economic recovery.
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 PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund.
Don Dion is president and founder of
, 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.