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.
United States Natural Gas Fund
Natural gas prices are seeing some strength today as investors attempt to capitalize on Monday's downturn. Despite today's strength, I would advise investors to continue to avoid trying their luck with UNG.
While natural gas is heading higher, oil prices are taking a hit.
United States Oil Fund
is down approximately 0.6% today.
iShares MSCI Israel Capped Investable Market Index Fund
Israel's markets are heading higher for the second consecutive day. Investors tracking this nation using EIS need to keep close watch on its top constituents. Companies such as
, representing 21% and 9.6% of the fund's index, will often be the leading drivers of the fund's daily performance.
Thailand is another international region heading higher today, with
iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund
, up in early afternoon trading.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN
Although we started off the day with strong numbers regarding new housing starts, investors turned jittery as the FMOC meeting approached. This provided the VIX-based VXX, which has gotten battered in recent weeks, to find some room to run. It will be interesting to see how investors digest the
's words this afternoon.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund
An encouraging housing starts report is helping propel the homebuilder ETFs to their second straight day of gains today.
The real estate industry remains a tricky region of the market to navigate. My personal choice for best playing this sector is the
iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund
Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF
Investors are shying away from gold and other precious metals. Funds designed to track both the physical metals and the miners are not immune from the tumble. Notable laggards include GDXJ,
Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF
Global X Silver Miners ETF
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares
Precious metals will remain attractive as we navigate through these trying economic times. Investors may want to use today's weakness to gain exposure to gold, silver, or one of the platinum family metals.
Market Vectors Vietnam ETF
Despite the strength from some regions, a number of other frontier and emerging markets are taking breathers today, lead by the decline in VNM. Other ETFs designed to track these nations taking a shot across the bow include
Market Vectors Brazil Small Cap ETF
Market Vectors Indonesia ETF
iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Total Return Subindex ETN
After a multi-month rally, sugar prices may finally be settling down. Today's downturn marks the second consecutive day of losses for SGG. This is the first time the fund has seen back to back losses since the end of August.
I still think agriculture holds promise. Investors should keep an eye on funds such as
PowerShares DB Agriculture Portfolio
Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF
All prices as of 2:14 PM EST
-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
At the time of publication, Dion Money Management Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF, iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund, iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund and PowerShares DB Agriculture Portfolio.
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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