NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Here are this week's ETF winners and losers.
iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Total Return Subindex ETN ( SGG) 9.2% Sugar prices surged this week, helping SGG continue along the steep, upward path it has followed through the summer. While SGG's ascension has been dramatic, investors should hold off on adding exposure to this fund. Like other single commodity ETFs, the sugar ETN is vulnerable to large swings to both the upside and downside. As seen by its performance at the start of the year, this fund can tumble just as fast as it rises. Therefore, investors should opt for a safer bet on the agriculture industry such as the diversified PowerShares DB Agriculture ETF ( DBA) or equities-based Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF ( MOO). iShares S&P India Nifty 50 Index Fund ( INDY) 3.2% This week, ETFs designed to track the Indian markets came in as some of the biggest winners. Although the nation's markets were closed Friday for Id-Ul- Fitr, INDY, WisdomTree India Earnings ETF ( EPI) and PowerShares India Portfolio ( PIN) still managed to score spots among the top movers. Helping to power the nation's market higher was news that the country's factories saw their output increase by nearly 14% in July from the previous year. India was not the only big mover from Asia this week. ETFs designed to track the markets of Hong Kong and Indonesia also saw big gains this week. Market Vectors Brazil Small Cap ETF ( BRF) 2.8% While Asia led the way, Latin America proved to be another area of strength this week, while investors remain wary of the uncertainty plaguing the U.S. and European markets. Within this region, the most strength could be found among Brazil's small cap sector and Chile. Both BRF and iShares MSCI Chile Investable Market Index Fund ( ECH) have staged impressive rallies recently, powering to new all-time highs.
PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductor Portfolio ( PSI) -4.8% The semiconductor industry lagged this week despite the general market optimism. While I still see technology as a strong area of the market as we head into the closing months of 2010, semiconductor funds such as PSI and SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF ( XSD) may not be the best avenue to venture down. I have more confidence in funds such as the PowerShares QQQ Portfolio ( QQQQ) and First Trust NYSE Internet Index Fund ( FDN) going forward. In the near term FDN, in particular, should hold promise as consumers gear up for the holiday season.