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.
SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF
As rumors of mergers and acquisitions circulate the small-cap homebuilders sector, the Homebuilders SPDR snuck in a rally today. This housing surge comes as a surprise to some since Obama recently acknowledged the faltering housing market as a "big drag" on the economy, declaring that it will take quite some time to fully remediate the situation.
iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund
Many regions of Southeast Asia outperformed today, lead by a strong rally in Thailand's markets. Despite a brief dip in mid August, the Thai fund is back on its feet moving steadily upwards. It recently traded at a new 52-week high of $53.08, well above its 50-day moving average of $48.55
SPDR S&P Retail ETF
As quarterly conference calls wrapped up for several notable retail companies, this SPDR fund raked in impressive growth today. Notably, retail giant
reported an in-line second quarter EPS of 92 cents, and rallied off the third- and fourth-quarter guidance gleaned from executives during their conference call.
To find out more about retail, be sure to check out my
from this morning.
Market Vectors Vietnam ETF
VNM managed to regain a portion of the losses suffered during last week's tumble over the past three days. However, today the fund's rally hit a roadblock. On Wednesday, the nation announced that it would devalue the dong in an effort to stem the growth of its trade deficit.
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares
In early afternoon trading a number of broad market indices managed to pull into positive territory. While palladium, being an industry linked precious metal would typically follow the markets higher, today was not the case. Rather, PALL appears to be taking a breather after seeing a strong jump on Tuesday.
While palladium prices are taking a hit, gold prices are seeing gains, with
iShares Comex Gold Trust
United States Natural Gas Fund
United States Oil Fund
was not the only futures-based energy ETFs that struggled to regain positive territory today after the Energy Information Administration released its weekly storage report which showed that crude oil inventories dipped less than expected. UNG took a heavy hit as well.
All prices as of 2:16 PM EST
-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
At the time of publication, Dion Money Management was long iShares Comex Gold Trust and the iShares MSCI Thailand 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.