Dion's Thursday ETF Winners and Losers

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.

Winners

iShares MSCI Australia Index Fund ( EWA) 1.4%

The Australia ETF is surging today thanks to a strong employment numbers reported by the nation's government. According to the report, the payrolls increased by over 100,000 during the most recent three month period through June. This is the largest quarterly jump in 4 years.

The Aussie dollar is heading higher today as well, helping to power the CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust ( FXA) to strong gains today.

Rydex S&P 600 Small Cap Pure Value ETF ( RZV) 1.4%

On Thursday, playing small companies is paying off. RZV is heading higher, helped by the small cap financial institution, First BanCorp ( FBP) which, at one point was up over 80%. Another small cap-focused fund scoring big gains today is First Trust Dow Jones Select MicroCap ETF ( FDM).

PowerShares Dynamic Leisure & Entertainment Portfolio ( PEJ) 0.9%

Summer is in full swing here in the Berkshires as temperatures spend yet another day in the 90s. With investors here in the Northeast and all over the nation preparing for the vacation season, PEJ is seeing strong gains. Two of the fund's biggest movers on Thursday have been CBS and Cheesecake Factory ( CAKE), which account for 5% and 2.5% respectively.

PowerShares Dynamic Media Portfolio ( PBS) 0.8%

Media firms are powering higher today as well. Top performers found within PBS's index include John Wiley & Sons ( JW.A), Clear Channel ( CCO) and New York Times ( NYT).

PBS has struggled recently, tumbling consistently lower since the middle of June and breaking below previous 2010 lows.

Losers

United States Natural Gas Fund ( UNG) -4.8%

The Energy Information Administration released its weekly natural gas storage report and the results were less than positive. The government agency saw supplies for the fuel increase by more than analysts had been expecting, causing futures prices to nosedive.

Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF ( GDX) -2.1%

Investors poured out of defensive gold plays today as the bulls hold onto another day of gains. Interestingly, despite today's market strength, industry-linked precious metals struggled to find strength. ETFS Physical Palladium Shares ( PALL) and silver ETFs like ETFS Physical Silver Shares ( SIVR) managed to take a hit today, following gold-focused ETFs lower.

All prices as of 2:17 PM EST

-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.

At the time of publication, Dion Money Management was long Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF.

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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