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.
PowerShares DB Agriculture ETF
Agriculture crop prices continue to ramp higher, leading DBA to strong gains. On Tuesday, sugar prices were leading the way. The
iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Total Return Subindex ETN
is up 3.9%.
Agriculture has certainly become an exciting industry to watch and will likely continue to be in the near future. Investors can use DBA to gain exposure to the sector via crop prices, while
Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF
is suitable for investors looking to play agriculture-related equities.
PowerShares Dynamic Networking Portfolio
are scoring some of the strongest gains among PXQ's top positions today. Both firms are up over 2%.
is scheduled to release its earnings report after the markets close today. Therefore, tech stocks will be interesting to watch as we close in on 4 p.m.
iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund
Athough today's mixed markets are not producing many international winners, iShares Turkey is enjoying some of the strongest gains of the day. This European nation has been on a tear for over a month as investors seek out international exposure outside of developed regions such as the U.S. and E.U.
iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund
South Korea's markets are slumping today after a less than optimistic earnings report from steel giant
. In the most recent quarter, the firm saw its profit decrease by nearly 9% from a year earlier.
The pressure from PKX weighed on the
Market Vectors Steel ETF
as well. Posco is the fund's fourth largest holding, accounting for 7% of its total assets.
Other Asia-focused ETFs taking hits today are
WisdomTree India Earnings ETF
iShares MSCI Taiwan Index Fund
Market Vectors Vietnam ETF
iShares MSCI Australia Index Fund
The broad materials industry is lagging today, weighing on the miner-heavy Australia ETF. This sector accounts for over a quarter of the fund's index.
Funds designed to track miners and metals of all sorts are taking a shot. Some of the biggest decliners are
Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares
SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF
iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average Index Fund
Investors are pushing the IYT lower as they prepare to digest
earnings report after today's closing bell.
IYT is approaching previous 2010 highs and CSX's numbers will likely be an indicator as to how other members of the rail industry will fare during the current earnings season. Rail represents the largest percentage of the fund's index and will therefore be essential to getting the fund back to those levels.
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 PowerShares DB Agriculture ETF and the 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.
Dion also is publisher of the Fidelity Independent Adviser family of newsletters, which provides to a broad range of investors his commentary on the financial markets, with a specific emphasis on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. With more than 100,000 subscribers in the U.S. and 29 other countries, Fidelity Independent Adviser publishes six monthly newsletters and three weekly newsletters. Its flagship publication, Fidelity Independent Adviser, has been published monthly for 11 years and reaches 40,000 subscribers.