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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.

Winners

iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund

(EWZ) - Get iShares MSCI Brazil ETF Report

1.9%

Investors continue to turn to emerging markets as a way to avoid the economic turmoil facing developed nations. On Thursday, Brazil's markets saw a nice lift thanks in large part to top holding,

Petroleo Brasileiro

(PBR) - Get Petróleo Brasileiro SA Report

, which is up nearly 5%. The state run oil giant is currently preparing a massive stock offering which will certainly be interesting to watch in the days ahead.

SPDR S&P Semiconductors ETF

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

1.4%

After tumbling along with the rest of the tech sector yesterday, the semiconductor industry is heading higher, helping XSD erase a good portion of those losses.

Companies leading this fund higher today include

Amtel

(AML)

and

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Maxim Integrated Products

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, which were each up over 2% in late morning trading.

United States Natural Gas Fund

(UNG) - Get United States Natural Gas Fund LP Report

1.1%

It's Thursday and once again natural gas investors are turning to the Energy Information Administration to get a feel for how the storage picture looks for this popular fuel. Today, prices are heading higher after the agency found that stockpiles grew by 73 billion cubic feet last week. This is lower than the 78 bcf that was predicted by analysts.

SPDR KBW Regional Banking ETF

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

0.5%

The regional banks are another sector managing to recover some ground after a steep drop-off yesterday. In recent weeks the fund has continued along in a sideways fashion, struggling to break through its 50-day moving average.

Financials will likely remain a risky region of the market as companies prepare strategies to cope with sweeping financial regulation.

Losers

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index Fund

(IYR) - Get iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF Report

-2.2%

This morning's less-than-optimistic initial jobless claims report did little to calm investors' jitters regarding the strength of the global economic recovery. In response to these concerns, real estate players got knocked, leading IYR lower despite seeing an increase in existing home sales.

While still dangerous, there are

some regions

of the real estate market which could be beneficial for risk tolerant investors.

iShares MSCI Sweden Index Fund

(EWD) - Get iShares MSCI Sweden ETF Report

-1.9%

The Swedish ETF is just one of many Europe-focused funds that are treading along in negative territory today. Pressuring this region on Thursday are concerns regarding the region's manufacturing and service industries which weakened in September.

Europe remains a tricky corner of the world to navigate, however. There are some nations that hold more promise than others. Be sure to check out my video on this topic by

clicking here

.

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Index Fund

(IDU) - Get iShares U.S. Utilities ETF Report

-1.4%

The utilities sector is getting hit particularly hard amidst today's choppy trading session. IDU has had a nice run throughout this summer, bouncing along its 50-day moving average.

I continue to see defensive slices of the market such as utilities and gold as attractive for long-term investors looking for ways to combat against market volatility.

All prices as of 2:15 PM EST

-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.

At the time of publication, Dion Money Management was long iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Index Fund.

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.