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iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund (THD) 5.0% THD has managed a strong gap higher today after testing its 50-day moving average on Monday. Today's rise can be attributed to news regarding the ongoing conflict between political security forces and red shirt protesters. On Tuesday, a large military presence caused protesters to call off a march that was expected to go through one of Bangkok's financial centers. iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment Index Fund (IEZ) 3.8% Crude oil pulled off some gains today, helping to power oil producers higher. Top movers include Schlumberger ( SLB) and Halliburton ( HAL), which were scoring 3.8% and 5.5% gains at midday. SLB and HAL account for the largest two slices of IEZ, making up 21.3% and 10.3% of the fund respectively. ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (PALL) 2.5% Precious metals including gold and palladium saw gains today along with the rest of the market. Since bouncing off its 50-day moving average at the close of March, PALL has been on a nearly uninterrupted upward trajectory. PALL has seen impressive strength. However, investors should be aware that this metal is prone to more violent swings than other precious metals like gold and platinum. This fund is best suited for risk tolerant investors.
iPath S&P VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX) -3.8% Though the fund managed to score a spot on the winners on Monday, VXX has been losing big today as broad market strength pushes fear to the sidelines. VXX's downward slide has been quick and steep throughout the economic recovery. As long as the market continues upward, this fund will continue to lose value. iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Total Return Subindex ETN (SGG) -1.2% Like the VXX, SGG also failed to capitalize on yesterday's gains. The sweetener has taken a hit today on news that India may not import next year due to strong domestic output. Over the past weeks, it's clear that SGG has failed to break out of a sustained downturn, and investors should continue to steer clear. All prices as of 2:25 PM EST