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.
Market Vectors Vietnam ETF
Vietnam's marketplace is scoring gains, pushing VNM to industry-leading strength and breaking the fund's eight-day string of losses.
This frontier nation ETF's descent has been sharp and steep. Looking to the days ahead, it will be interesting to see if it can recover some ground.
Other Asia-related ETFs are trudging higher as well. The
iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund
is up 1.7%.
SDPR S&P Retail ETF
A strong earnings showing from
Tiffany & Co
providing XRT with fuel needed to push higher.
XRT's upward action throughout the start of 2011 has been particularly impressive considering the looming concerns over rising commodity costs. I often turn to this fund as a strong option for investors looking to gain firsthand exposure to the consumer recovery.
iPath Dow Jones UBS Grains Subindex Total Return ETN
The agriculture sector is witnessing mixed action. As grains-backed funds like JJG and
Teucrium Corn ETF
tread higher, the
iPath Dow Jones UBS Cotton Subindex Total Return ETN
is taking one of the ETF industry's biggest hits.
Despite this bipolarity, the
PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund
is managing to carve out gains.
United States Natural Gas Fund
Natural gas prices are stumbling after the Energy Information Administration reported that fuel stockpiles grew by more than was expected.
Once again, the equity-based
First Trust ISE Revere Natural Gas Index Fund
is proving to be a more stable option than futures-backed products like UNG. On Thursday, shares of FCG were up 0.4%.
iShares Silver Trust
The physically-based silver ETF is struggling against its 50-day moving average, snapping a three-day streak of gains.
The downward action witnessed from silver is weighing on the broad
ETFS Physical Precious Metals Basket Shares
. This fund, designed to track a combination of silver, gold, platinum and palladium is stuck in a downturn as well.
Guggenheim Solar ETF
The solar energy industry is taking a hit, leading TAN lower. This ETF has suffered losses on nine out of the past ten trading days. As a result of this tumble, the fund has retreated to new 2011 lows.
Given their inherently volatile nature, investors should approach TAN and any other alternative energy ETF with caution.
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 of the equities mentioned.