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.
iPath GSCI Crude Oil Total Return Subindex ETN
Oil prices are soaring as analysts and market commentators debate the impact growing unrest across North Africa and the Middle East will have on production.
Despite crude's sharp rise, the same cannot be said for other components of the commodities spectrum. Agriculture and industry metal futures-backed ETFs and ETNs such as the
Teucrium Corn ETF
iPath Dow Jones UBS Cotton Total Return Subindex ETN
iPath Dow Jones UBS Copper Total Return Subindex ETF
are taking heavy hits.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN
Political unrest sweeping Libya and other regions of the developing world are weighing heavily on markets around the globe. Concern about this turmoil is stoking investor fears, driving VXX and the
iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid Term Futures ETN
to notable gains.
Although VXX and VXZ have seen some strength recently, I continue to urge investors to steer clear. As we have seen in the past, these funds tend to perform in a volatile manner and could see a quick reversal.
Global X Silver Miners ETF
Despite today's jittery market, silver prices continue to trudge higher, helping metal producers carve out impressive gains.
SIL has staged an impressive run up throughout February thanks to improving economic conditions and investors' insatiable demand for precious metals. The fund is nearing the highs at the start of the year.
Market Vectors Vietnam ETF
A wide range of Asia-related ETFs are among the heaviest hit funds amid the downward market action. Leading the retreat are the
Market Vectors Vietnam ETF
iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund
, and the
Guggenheim China Small Cap Index ETF
iShares MSCI Italy Index Fund
The Italy-tracking EWI's top holding,
is getting hit hard in response to the political tension facing Libya. In response to the company's decision to suspend some Libyan operations, the company is heading lower, dropping over 7% in early afternoon trading.
EWI is heavily influenced by the day to day action from Eni. The fund sets aside an 18% slice of its index to the firm.
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares
Although silver prices have managed to stay in positive territory, other industry linked precious metals are tumbling as investors flee the market and seek out defensive assets.
Palladium and platinum are getting hard, causing PALL and the
ETFS Physical Platinum Shares
to suffer notable losses.
All prices as of 2:14 PM EST
-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
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