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.
United States Natural Gas Fund
Natural gas prices are seeing a lift today, pulling UNG higher. Last week, this troubled fund managed to carve out new all-time lows as investors steered clear of energy for fear of faltering global demand.
Natural gas is still attractive but remains tricky to play via the futures-backed UNG.
First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index ETF
is a far safer bet. Today, FCG has traded in unchanged territory.
iPath Dow Jones-UBS Grains Total Return Subindex ETN
Poor weather conditions are weighing on yield predictions in the grain industry, causing futures prices to rally. JJG, which is designed to track the prices of corn, wheat, and soybeans, is a major beneficiary, earning a spot among the winners heading into the start of the week.
Corn, in particular, is rallying, touching a 14-month high.
iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund
Investors are opting for defense as they prepare for another flood of economic data heading into the start of this week. In response, long term Treasuries are once again seeing a jump. Meanwhile,
ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury ETF
has fallen nearly 3%.
iShares MSCI Sweden Index Fund
Europe remains an area of concern as debt-laden nations struggle to get their budgets in check. Today, Italy is the worst performing of the PIIGS nations, with the
iShares MSCI Italy Index Fund
taking the biggest knock, falling 2.1%.
Sweden is running into trouble of its own on Monday after news that HQ Bank, a Swedish investment bank, was entering liquidation. This will weigh on the nation's financial industry which at more than 27%, represents the largest sector slice of EWD's portfolio.
Market Vectors Indonesia ETF
The Indonesian marketplace is retreating Monday after ending last week on a high note. Looking ahead, investors may want to be cautious of Indonesia. Since Aug 29, a volcano has been erupting, threatening the nation's population. As with the volcanic eruption which threatened Europe earlier this year, investors may be in for a rocky ride.
SPDR KBW Regional Banking ETF
The regional banking industry is struggling today, sending KRE and
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Regional Banking Index Fund
Although it is taking a knock today, KRE is my favorite choice for playing regional banks. IAT is heavily influenced by regional banks such as
, which command 17% and 11% of the fund respectively. KRE, on the other hand is far less top-heavy. The fund's top 10 positions represent slightly more than a quarter of its total portfolio.
All prices as of 2:42 PM EST
-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
At the time of publication, Dion Money Management was not long any of the equities mentioned.
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.