NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Welcome to Don Dion's "Daily ETF Winners and Losers." Be sure to stop by each day to find out which ETFs are gaining or losing.
First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF
Although some corners of the alternative energy sector are facing pressure in light of ongoing debt negotiations in Washington, the wind power industry ETF is flying higher.
FAN's strength can be traced back to the more than 90% gains seen from major holding, Hansen Transmissions, which accounts for close to 4% of the fund's total assets.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN
The markets are starting off the new week on a jittery note as the focus remains directed towards the ongoing debt debate in Washington. In response to the uncertainty, VIX-tracking exchange-traded products are getting a lift.
VXX's gains are helping to snap the ETN's four-day losing streak.
CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust
In response to the uneasy market environment, many are opting for a risk-off investing approach. The Swiss franc has become a champion amongst defensive-minded investors looking to avoid exposure to the troubled euro.
Last week, I
(http://www.thestreet.com/story/11188731/1/investors-flock-to-safe-haven-etfs.html) FXF as a product to keep an eye on as headwinds persist.
iShares MSCI Spain Index Fund
In this past week's weekly winners and losers piece, I urged investors to avoid ETFs linked to troubled European nations. Although ETFs like EWP and
iShares MSCI Italy Index Fund
managed to carve out some of the ETF industry's strongest gains, these nations remain wildly volatile.
iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN
The agriculture industry is struggling to find footing as futures-tracking products including SGG,
Teucrium Corn ETF
iPath Dow Jones UBS Cotton Subindex Total Return ETF
iPath Dow Jones UBS Grains Subindex Total Return ETN
lead the market's retreat.
Though designed to track this corner of the marketplace, the equity-backed
Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF
is bucking the downward trend. During early afternoon trading, MOO was up nearly 1%.
Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF
The solar energy industry is taking a shot across the bow at the start of the week as the debt ceiling discussions in Washington get rocky. Monday's losses have halted KWT's four day rally.
Solar energy companies are heavily reliant on government subsidies to stay afloat. As lawmakers seek ways to cut spending, these payouts will likely remain threatened.
All prices as of 2:14 PM EST
Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
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At the time of publication, Dion Money Management did not own any equities mentioned.