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.
Barclays ETN+ Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN
Coming off last week's economic data-driven jitters, the markets are showing resilience and presenting the fear index with some headwinds. The relatively new XXV ETN provides sophisticated, risk tolerant investors with an opportunity to play the inverse performance of the VIX index.
Like other VIX-related instruments such as the
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN
, XXV will certainly be an interesting one to keep an eye on as we continue to trudge along in this uncertain market.
iShares MSCI Spain Index Fund
The Spain ETF is jumping today as it continues to bounce between its 50- and 200-day moving averages. Because of the back and forth action, EWP,
iShares MSCI Italy Index Fund
and other European Union-related ETFs remain unacceptable funds for conservative investors.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Sector Index Fund
The conservative nature of the utilities industry is drawing in nervous investors today as market remain jittery heading into the start of the new week, driving IDU and the
Utilities Select Sector SPDR
higher. Both funds provide investors with a liquid approach to this attractive sector.
United States Natural Gas Fund
Natural gas prices are dipping today as forecasters predict that Tropical Storm Danielle will miss the Gulf of Mexico. In response to alleviating investor fears, UNG is being driven lower.
This struggling fund has faced a lot of headwinds in August, dipping back to 2010 lows.
Crude prices are also getting knocked today, causing the
United States Oil Fund
United States Gasoline Fund
to head lower.
Market Vectors Vietnam ETF
The Vietnamese economy has faced headwinds in recent days as the nation struggles to keep a lid on inflation. Last week, leaders decided to devalue the dong in order spur exports and drive down its trade deficit. Still despite efforts, today investors learned that the country's CPI rose over 8% in August from a year earlier.
Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF
Gold prices are taking a hit today, placing pressure on gold miners and gold mining-related ETFs. GDXJ, is falling harder than the
Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF
Typically, this is expected since GDXJ tracks the smaller, and more volatile members of this industry.
Silver miners are facing pressure as well on Monday, causing the
Global X Silver Miner ETF
to pocket losses.
Palladium is a small source of strength within the precious metals realm, with
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares
All prices as of 2:16 PM EST
-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
At the time of publication, Dion Money Management was long Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF.
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.