NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Welcome to Don Dion's "ETF Winners and Losers." Be sure to stop by throughout the week to find out which ETFs are gaining or losing.
iPath Dow Jones UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN
Natural gas futures-tracking exchange traded products are heading higher, led by the premium-laden GAZ. The bounce from the
United States Natural Gas Fund
is particularly welcomed. Since hitting all-time lows, it has begun to show some signs of stabilizing. Nevertheless, I continue to urge investors to steer clear.
Other energy-related products are closing out the week on a strong note. The producer-focused
SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Index ETF
is up over 2.5%.
Guggenheim Shipping ETF
With a history of low volume, I do not feel that SEA is well suited for conservative investors. However, on Friday, the fund is leading the pack thanks to impressive gains from firms like
. The company is up around 20% following news that, with a shortage of tankers, rates have increased.
Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF
The sun is shining on solar energy stocks, extending KWT's winning streak into a second day. Although KWT and the
Guggenheim Solar ETF
have enjoyed some solid strength over the past two weeks, I still feel that conservative investors are best off watching these funds from the sidelines.
Market Vectors Vietnam ETF
A mixed week is ending on a choppy note for the Vietnam ETF. VNM kicked off the start of the year on a strong note. However, as we have pushed through March, the rally appears to have slowed considerably. Fellow fast-mover, the
Market Vectors India Small Cap ETF
is also struggling. The fund is currently locking in its third consecutive day of losses.
SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF
Homebuilder stocks are sliding into the weekend. Although this downturn is noteworthy, it is not surprising. Over the past two weeks, shares of XHB and the
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund
have pushed higher on a largely uninterrupted path.
Next week will be an important one for this corner of the housing sector with a number of real estate-related reports slated for release.
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares
With the weekend in sight, most precious metals are seeing only tepid fluctuations. Palladium, however, is taking a notable hit.
Palladium may be interesting to watch in the days ahead. Gold has taken its lumps as investors unload safe haven assets. However, improving economic conditions should benefit PALL and other funds related to industry-linked precious metals.
All prices as of 2:11 PM DST.
Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
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At the time of publication, Dion Money Management did not own any equiities mentioned.