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.
Market Vectors Gold Miners ( GDX) 3.7% The markets are closing this volatile week on an up note, but jittery investors still bid up gold. This has helped the precious metals miners. Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF ( GDXJ) and Global X Silver Miners ETF ( SIL) are top winners today. SPDR Gold Shares ( GLD), iShares COMEX Gold Trust ( IAU) and iShares Silver Trust ( SLV) ended the week on a positive note as well. United States Oil Fund ( USO) 3.3% Although it tumbled during the first part of the week, oil futures-linked USO managed to regain a good portion of its lost ground on Friday. Crude's gains can be attributed to concerns regarding the weather and the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The fund's jump is impressive considering the downward GDP revision presented by the U.S. Commerce Department today. First Trust S&P REIT ETF ( FRI) 2.6% REITs have been shining on Friday compared to other sectors of the real estate industry. Aside from FRI, other REIT focused ETFs are also scoring gains. Included among them are SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF ( RWR), iShares Cohen & Seers Realty Majors Index Fund ( ICF), and Vanguard REIT Index ETF ( VNQ). Market Vectors Indonesia ETF ( IDX) 3.2% Indonesia leads the pack among single-nation international focused ETFs today. IDX's strength can be attributed to its financial sector, which accounts for more than a quarter of the fund's total portfolio. Indonesia's banks soared on optimism over loan growth.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund ( ITB) -0.7% Homebuilders and other subsectors of the real estate industry have suffered staggering drops in recent weeks as the post homebuyer tax credit hangover sets in. Earlier in the week investors learned that new home sales dipped 33% in the previous month. On Friday, ITB took an additional hit after top holding KB Home ( KBH) posted a wider- than- expected loss for the fiscal second quarter.