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.
iShares Silver Trust
Physically based silver and palladium ETFs are leading the precious metals industry today while products aimed at gold and platinum prices trade along in relatively unchanged territory.
The success of
IPO bodes well for industry linked precious metals such as palladium and platinum. Both these commodities are used extensively in auto manufacturing and will do well as the industry continues to recover.
United States Natural Gas Fund
Natural gas prices are rising today, aided by colder than average temperature forecasts. As consumers crank up their thermostats in an effort to battle against the bite of winter, natural gas will certainly be an interesting slice of the energy industry to pay attention to.
Fellow natural gas futures fund
iPath Dow Jones UBS Natural Gas Total Return Subindex ETN
is gaining ground today as well.
Recently the fund's massive premium has been toned down considerably. While at its height the premium reached over 26%, it now stands around 10%. Although this will allow GAZ to trade more in line with its underlying assets, I would advise investors to continue to avoid this fund. It still has further to go before it can be considered reliable.
SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF
$3 billion bid for Western Coal continues to resonate, sending a number of players in the coal mining industry higher on Friday. Companies underlying XME that are seeing the largest jumps include WLT,
Alpha Natural Resources
Market Vectors Coal ETF
is also heading higher.
SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF
The semiconductors are gaining today along with other technology related ETFs, benefiting from a strong earnings report from industry bellwether Dell.
is seeing a particularly nice lift this afternoon, gaining nearly 3%.
Investors looking for a strong technology-related play for the holiday season should look to the
First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund
iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Total Return Subindex ETN
On Thursday, sugar prices saw a nice jump, following the rest of the market higher. Today, however, the sweetener is getting knocked in light of China's actions to stem food price inflation.
Based on the fund's performance throughout the year, I would advise risk adverse investors to steer clear of SGG and instead look to more diversified agriculture plays such as
PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (DBA) or Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF
WisdomTree India Earnings Fund
Emerging markets are performing in a mixed fashion on Friday. While nations such as India and China are tumbling, products aimed at tracking the performance of Chile and Indonesia are powering higher. The biggest decliners on the day include EPI,
Guggenheim China Real Estate ETF
Global X/InterBolsa Columbia 20 Index Fund
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 First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index 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.