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.
Guggenheim Solar ETF
The solar energy industry is ramping higher today, continuing along the upward path it has stuck to since late August.
and Solarworld are among the biggest gainers representing TAN's top positions. All three were up between 4% and 6% in early afternoon trading.
TAN is now trading at levels last seen prior to its mid-April breakdown.
iShares Silver Trust
Amidst another day of gains for the precious metals industry, no industry representative is shining brighter than silver. SLV,
ETFS Physical Silver Shares
PowerShares DB Silver Fund
are leading the group while silver miners, represented by the
Global X Silver Miners ETF
are also heading higher.
Palladium is another metal scoring gains today, with
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN
This morning's basket of macro data set the stage for a shaky day of trading, providing the fear-based VIX some room to run. Sure enough, since market open, the performance from the three major indices has been choppy, most recently heading south.
VXX's downturn has been steep and dramatic. Although at these low prices may appear attractive, I would advise against placing any bets on this volatile fund.
SPDR KBW Bank ETF
The financial institutions are among the biggest laggards on Thursday. The pain can be felt across all regions of this sector, as indicated by the weakness of the broad based KBE.
Despite its slump today, I still find KBE to be one of the stronger plays on banks. Since it tracks a collection of both Wall Street giants and smaller regional firms, it will see both nice gains in times when financial institutions flourish and controlled losses in times of market weakness.
iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund
The Turkish markets are taking a hit today puts an end to a four-day stretch of gains for TUR.
Despite today's losses, other regions of Europe are powering higher. Among those gaining the most steam are nations such as Germany and the Netherlands. I have highlighted these two countries in the past as being sources of strength. Investors can gain access to Germany and the Netherlands through
iShares MSCI Germany Index Fund
iShares MSCI Netherlands Investable Market Index Fund
Global X/InterBolsa Columbia 20 ETF
The successful rescue of the 33 trapped miners has placed Chile and the rest of Latin America in the forefront the global media industry. Investors have a number of opportunities to bank on this region using ETFs.
Currently, GXG is the only fund available which provides investors with pure-play exposure to the Columbian economy. While in the past it has struggled to generate much of a following, recently broad strength from Latin America has raised investor interest in the nation.
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 MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund .
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.
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