NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Welcome to Don Dion's "ETF Winners and Losers." Be sure to stop by throughout the week to find out which ETFs are gaining or losing.
Market Vectors Russia ETF
After a five-day losing streak that pushed the fund to its lowest levels since early October, the Russian market-tracking RSX is finding some strength.
India is another battered BRIC nation that appears to be finding some footing. The
PowerShares India Portoflio
was up over 1.5% during early afternoon trading.
Outside of the BRIC acronym, the
iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund
is seeing gains as well.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund
Homebuilder ETFs including the iShares sponsored ITB and the
SPDR S&P Homebuilder ETF
suffered during the first three days of the week, retreating back below their 200-day moving averages.
This losing streak appears to have snapped however, as investors have taken cautious steps back into the marketplace.
iShares MSCI Switzerland Index Fund
After suffering a discouraging string of losses, non-EU focused European ETFs like EWL and
Global X Norway ETF
are finding some room to head higher.
The Swiss franc is seeing strength as well, indicated by the upward action seen from the
CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust
. As we approach the end of the week, the Swiss National Bank has returned to the headlines, announcing that they are sticking to the cap placed on the currency earlier this year.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN
The fear index has once again slipped below its 200-day moving average. Barring this past Tuesday's retreat, this is the first time this level has been pierced since late July.
VXX is taking a hit as investors regain some confidence. The fund has tumbled to its lowest levels since late October.
Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF
Solar industry leader
is struggling to find footing following Wednesday's steep drop-off. The company's dramatic downturn has weighed heavily on KWT, causing the fund to carve out a new all-time low.
Fellow solar ETF
Guggenheim Solar ETF
Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF
Gold broke through the closely-watched 200-day moving average recently, leading many investors to question the long-term strength of the popular precious metal. As we approach the weekend, physically-based gold ETFs like the
iShares Gold Trust
are hovering in relatively unchanged territory. Gold miners, however, are heading south. Leading the retreat are the smallest and most volatile industry players.
All prices as of 2:15 PM EST
Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
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At the time of publication, Dion Money Management owned iShares Gold Trust.