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 Base Metals ETF
Base metals are scoring nice gains today helping not only futures- backed products such as DBB and
iPath Dow Jones UBS Copper Total Return Subindex ETN
but also miner-related funds.
SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF
is another big mover as we look towards the second half of the week.
iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund
The Thai markets headed higher today as investors continued to look to emerging and frontier markets for opportunity. THD's top holding, PTT was in the news today after it reportedly withdrew its bid to purchase local Carrefour assets valued at $1 billion. This energy firm accounts for over 10% of the fund's total assets.
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares
Precious metals are gaining steam as investors continue to digest Tuesday's FOMC minutes. Palladium, as tracked by PALL, is leading the way while miner-related gold funds such as
Market Vectors Gold Miner ETF
is following close behind.
Gold has had a strong run up recently, however, as investors continue to seek out protection against market turmoil, precious metal funds could have further to run.
SPDR KBW Regional Banking ETF
The markets are choppy today and the financial industry is bearing a lot of the pain. Regional banks and insurance players are leading the laggards lower, as evidenced by the dips from KRE,
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Regional Banking ETF
SPDR KBW Insurance ETF
iShares S&P North American Technology-Semiconductors Index Fund
Technology is another laggard today, with IGV and the
SPDR S&P Semiconductors ETF
Although it beat analysts' earnings estimates, software giant
offered only tepid guidance for the future. In response, the market has taken the firm's shares to task, causing them to dip nearly 20% in early afternoon trading.
iShares Russell 2000 Index Fund
ETFs designed to track the major U.S. stock indices are taking a shot today with the Russell getting hit the hardest. IWM, the
iShares Russell 2000 Growth Index Fund
iShares Russell 2000 Value index Fund
are all among the biggest losers today.
Today, Vanguard announced the launch of a suite of new products designed to track the Russell indexes. This is the second time in recent weeks that the firm has taken a direct shot at the ETF offerings from
All prices as of 2:14 PM EST.
-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
At the time of publication, Dion Money Management was long iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund and Market Vectors Gold Miner ETF.
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.