NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Welcome to Don Dion's "ETF Winners and Losers." Be sure to stop by during the week to find out which ETFs are gaining or losing.
Guggenheim Solar ETF
Signs of stablizing prices are helping to power the solar energy industry higher. With Wednesday's upward action, TAN has managed to break through its 50-day moving average for the first time since last May.
Companies leading the way higher include
Yingli Green Energy
Suntech Power Holdings
. Each is up between 20% and 30%.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund
For the third consecutive day, homebuilder ETFs including ITB and
SPDR S&P Homebuilder ETF
are in positive territory. Since the start of the year, neither fund has seen more than a single day of downward action.
This early-year rally has pushed ITB back to its July highs. As the fund approaches post-meltdown levels, it will be interesting to see if this strength persists.
iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund
Turkey's markets have enjoyed a welcomed bounce following last week's sell-off. In response, TUR has pushed higher for three days, approaching levels seen at the start of the year.
A promising trade deficit report is helping to instill confidence in this volatile European nation. According to
The Wall Street Journal
, Turkey's current account deficit shrank for the first time in over two years in November.
ETFS Physical Platinum Shares
Lingering European concerns have given the jitters to U.S. investors. Interestingly, however, strength can be seen in some growth-correlated assets. Platinum, for instance, is pushing higher, helping PPLT lock in stand out gains.
Other members of the precious metals spectrum are seeing tepid action.
iPath Dow Jones UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN
While the sun is shining on the solar stocks, other areas of the energy sector are taking a heavy shot across the bow. Both natural gas oil producers are struggling to find footing, pushing funds like the
First Trust ISE Revere Natural Gas Index Fund
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Index Fund
Natural gas futures are faring especially poorly. Both GAZ and the
United States Natural Gas Fund
are off over 5%, locking in new record lows.
iShares MSCI Netherlands Investable Market Index Fund
Europe fell back into focus mid-week, making for a tumultuous trading session. For international-minded investors, the pain is wide reaching. EWN,
iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund
Market Vectors Indonesia ETF
are among the leading decliners.
ETFs linked to Latin America appear to be bucking the trend. The
iShares MSCI Mexico Investable Market Index Fund
iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund
iShares MSCI Chile Investable Market Index Fund
are seeing slight gains.
All prices are as of 2:14 PM EST.
Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
At the time of publication, Dion Money Management did not own any equities mentioned.