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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.


SPDR KBW Regional Banking ETF

(KRE) - Get SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF Report


The financial sector is pulling out a nice win today, with strength emanating from both Wall Street giants and the regional banking industry.

Although KRE is pocketing the strongest gains, my favorite play for the financial industry remains


(KBE) - Get SPDR S&P Bank ETF Report

. This fund is particularly well suited for the type of broad strength we are seeing today. The fund exposes investors to a collection of firms from across the size spectrum.

iShares MSCI Taiwan Index Fund

(EWT) - Get iShares MSCI Taiwan ETF Report


The Taiwanese markets are surging today on strength from the semiconductor industry and the Chinese markets. The largest slice of EWT is dedicated to the information technology industry which is represented by big name firms including Hon Hai Precision, HTC, and

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

(TSM) - Get Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. Report


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PowerShares Dynamic Networking Portfolio

(PXQ) - Get Invesco Dynamic Networking ETF Report


SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF

(XSD) - Get SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF Report


iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Fund

(FXI) - Get iShares China Large-Cap ETF Report

are also powering higher.

Market Vectors Steel ETF

(SLX) - Get VanEck Steel ETF Report


The bulls are pulling out a win today, instilling confidence among investors worried about the state of the global economic recovery.

President Obama has laid out his plans to refurbish the country's aging infrastructure picture. Although it still needs congressional approval, the proposal bodes well for the steel ETF, which will be heavily involved in many of the projects.

iShares MSCI South Africa Index Fund

(EZA) - Get iShares MSCI South Africa ETF Report


The South Africa ETF has powered through previous 2010 highs and is on the verge of testing levels last seen in the closing months of 2008. Ongoing demand for precious metals has helped propel EZA forward. The fund dedicates more than a quarter of its portfolio to the materials industry. Top holdings include

Anglogold Ashanti

(AU) - Get AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. Report

, Impala Platinum, and


(GV) - Get Goldfield Corporation Report



iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN

(VXX) - Get iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN Report


The fear index-based ETN is continuing to slide as the markets tread higher. This fund has fallen dramatically in recent months despite the resounding market uncertainties. The downfall has brought the fund back to levels last seen before its run-up in May. In fact, on Monday, the fund tested brand new all-time lows.

PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish

(UUP) - Get Invesco DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund Report


Today's market strength is placing pressure on many of the go-to defensive plays including UUP and the

iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund

(TLT) - Get iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF Report


Given their weakness heading into the start of this week, investors may find this is to be a good opportunity to buy up defense in order to protect against market swings in the future.

All prices as of 2:14 PM EST.

-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.

At the time of publication, Dion Money Management was not long any equities mentioned.

Don Dion is president and founder of

Dion Money Management

, 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.