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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.

Winners

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN

(VXX) - Get iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN Report

3.3%

Worrisome reports out of China and Europe helped the markets get off on a shaky note. The downward action has persisted even after this week's initial jobless claims report noted another decline. VXX's strength marks the ETN's first day of gains in six sessions.

CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust

(FXY) - Get Invesco Currencyshares Japanese Yen Trust Report

1.2%

As major stock market indices slide, investors are venturing back into safe haven asset classes. This strength is encouraging for investors with exposure to FXY. After weeks of stumbling, the fund appears to be showing signs of stabilizing. In the event that jitters persist, the yen could be in for additional upside action.

The yen is not alone in pushing higher. ETFs linked to the nation's equity markets are also seeing slight gains. The

MAXIS Nikkei 225 Index Fund

(NKY)

is up over 0.3%.

Losers

iPath Dow Jones UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN

(GAZ) - Get iPath Series B Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN Report

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-4.7%

ETFs and ETNs linked to natural gas are sliding into the second half of the trading week, weighed down by reignited investor fears. GAZ and FCG are both off around 4% heading into the close. However, GAZ's losses can be partially attributed to the ETN's premium.

Other components of the energy spectrum are taking lumps. A three-day slide has caused the

SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF

(XOP) - Get SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF Report

to revisit its 50-day moving average. The futures-tracking

United States Oil Fund

(USO) - Get United States Oil Fund LP Report

is also suffering losses.

ETFS Physical Palladium Shares

(PALL) - Get Aberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF Report

-4.6%

Growth fears are weighing heavily on industry linked metals. As the bullion-backed palladium ETF slides to its lowest level since the middle of January, miners are also taking a shot across the bow. The

SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF

(XME) - Get SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF Report

is off over 3% during mid-day trading.

Despite its designation as a safe haven, gold is offering little protection from today's downturn. Shares of the

iShares Gold Trust

(IAU) - Get iShares Gold Trust Report

are off nearly 0.5%.

Market Vectors India Small Cap Index ETF

(SCIF) - Get VanEck Vectors India Growth Leaders ETF Report

-4.2%

The inherent volatility of small cap emerging market ETFs has shown through in recent weeks as SCIF has wavered back and forth between the winners and losers list. These losses have caused the fund to revisit its March lows. Large cap India ETFs including the

WisdomTree India Earnings ETF

(EPI) - Get WisdomTree India Earnings Fund Report

and the

PowerShares India Portfolio

(PIN) - Get Invesco India ETF Report

are carving out new lows for the month.

All prices as of 2:10 PM DST.

Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.

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At the time of publication, Dion Money Management owned iShares Gold Trust.