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.
ETFS Physical Silver Shares
Precious metal prices are jumping today, powering physically backed ETFs such as SIVR,
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares
iShares COMEX Gold Trust
Strength from precious metals is helping to lift miners as well.
Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF
Global X Silver Miners ETF
are two other big winners.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund
A surprisingly strong quarterly earnings report from
is providing ITB with some room to run today.
SPDR S&P Homebuilder ETF
is also heading higher.
Real estate remains a tricky region of the market to tame. Investors looking to try their luck should continue to use caution.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Providers Index Fund
After suffering through a four-day streak of losses, the health care provider ETF is at last finding strength. Helping to stabilize this fund is top holding
which is bouncing nicely off its 200-day moving average today. UNH accounts for over 13% of the fund's total portfolio.
United States Natural Gas Fund
Natural gas prices are slumping today in light of concerns regarding the strength of the economic recovery. Weather is also playing a part with tropical storms posing less of a threat than previously predicted.
In view of the weakness of natural gas,
JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETF
, one of my favorite alternatives to UNG, is also facing pressure, dipping more than 2%.
Market Vectors Coal ETF
Another day of dismal economic data is raising concerns about the strength of the global economic recovery. Although the pain can be felt across a number of sectors, the coal industry is standing out as a noticeable struggler. Top holdings,
Alpha Natural Resources
are getting particularly hard. All three are down over 3%.
iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund
A number of ETFs designed to track the markets of Asian nations are getting knocked today including EWY,
iShares MSCI Taiwan Index Fund
Market Vectors Vietnam ETF
Investing in the South Korean markets can be an exciting, albeit risky experience due to the unstable relationship between the northern and southern halves of the Korean peninsula. In the event that tensions flare up between the two regions, investors holding EWY should be ready for what could be a rocky ride.
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 iShares COMEX Gold Trust.
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.