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United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) 6.4%

The Energy Information Administration unveiled its weekly natural gas storage report and, to the delight of natural gas watchers, supplies grew less than expected. In response to this data, natural gas prices powered higher, pulling UNG along for the ride.

iShares MSCI Spain Index Fund (EWP) 4.1%

EWP and other Europe-focused international ETFs are surging today thanks to strength from the euro. Investors are showing confidence in the troubled currency after news that the bloc's biggest banks borrowed less from the ECB than predicted.

Weakness from the U.S. dollar has provided added lift to euro as well as the Swiss franc. Both CurrencyShares Euro Trust ( FXE) and CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust ( FXF) are jumping today.

Claymore/MAC Global Solar Energy Index ETF (TAN) 2.6%

The sun is shining and the volatile solar energy industry ETF is managing to power higher, perhaps thanks to the rebound in the euro. With a large number of European customers, the solar industry had been suffering along with the euro.

Top performing members of TAN's index, the MAC Global Solar Energy Index, include First Solar ( FSLR) and Trina Solar ( TSL). Together, these two firms account for more than 15% of the fund's total portfolio.


Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) -4.8%

Falling gold prices and the broad down market are weighing heavily on the gold miner ETFs today. Both GDX and Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF ( GDXJ) are taking a shot across the bow.

Silver ETFs are not faring much better. Both Global X Silver Miners ETF ( SIL) and iShares Silver Trust ( SLV) are taking heavy hits.

United States Oil Fund (USO) -3.2%

While the natural gas-based UNG is soaring, the crude oil-based USO is tumbling. On Thursday, a slew of weak economic data poured in, raising concerns about the status of the U.S. economy and put pressure on the price of crude oil.

SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI) -3.1%

Today's downturn has been especially hard on ETFs designed to track the volatile biotech industry. On Thursday, XBI and First Trust Arca Biotech Index ETF ( FBT), which traditionally track smaller members of this healthcare subsector, are taking the biggest hits.

Dendreon ( DNDN), a holding listed in both funds, was one of the biggest tumblers, down nearly 6% in early afternoon trading.

All prices as of 2:17 PM EST

At the time of publication, Dion Money Management owned GDX and FXE.

Don Dion is president and founder of Dion Money Management, 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.

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