Winners

iShares Silver Trust ( SLV): +1.6%

Precious metals continue to lead the commodities, with silver outshining gold in today's market opening. ETFS Physical Palladium Shares ( PALL), another precious metals fund, is also carrying its weight, which speaks well for investor faith in industrials (since the metal is heavily used in the sector).

iShares MSCI Sweden Index ( EWD): + 2.2%

European products suffered across the board last week, so a rebound from the Swedish fund is a welcome breath of air for international investors. Market Vectors Brazil Small Cap ETF ( BRF) and Market Vectors Vietnam ETF ( VNM) are also outperforming among international ETFs today.

Claymore/MAC Global Solar Index ( TAN): + 1.3%

Although suffering a shaky year, TAN opened reasonably well this week, recovering some of the losses incurred over last week's decline. Thanks to a sizeable (roughly 30%) representation in China, a nation leading the world in energy consumption, some analysts have an optimistic outlook for the fund. Granted, alt-energy funds have endured a rough year thus far, so be cautious.

Losers

United States Natural Gas Fund, LP ( UNG): -2.6%

The fund is only about 5% away from a 52-week low, and some analysts claim that this bottoming out may signify an upcoming bounce. Granted, if natural gas prices continue on their downward path (as they have done throughout the year, particularly since mid June), the fund's suffering may continue.

Biotech HOLDRs ( BBH): -1.1%

The fund has endured its fair share of ups and downs throughout 2010, growing until mid to late March. Although BBH appeared to be on its way back up as of early August, it and the biotech sector took a turn for the worst in August and has been suffering ever since.

Pharmaceutical HOLDRs ( PPH): -0.1%

Pharmaceuticals are off to a bad start this week, just as the Food and Drug Administration released alarming statistics on prescription drug recalls. The organization recently reported 1,742 separate drug recalls took place during 2009, monumentally higher than the 426 attributed to prior year. Meanwhile, 2010 recall numbers thus far look to be well over the norm -- drug recalls totaled 296 from January through June of this year.

All prices as of 2:15 PM EST
At the time of publication, Dion Money Management had no positions in stocks mentioned.

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.