Claymore/NYSE Arca Airline ETF ( FAA) -3%

With Obama laying out plans for infrastructure stimulus and executives from a number of reputable railroad companies foreseeing strength in the near future, the outlook for transportation is looking cheerful. However, not all is rosy. This week, the markets were not keen on the airlines, causing FAA to slump.

Despite this week's losses for FAA, I feel that the broad transportation industry could be something to watch this coming week. Industry bellwether and iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average Index Fund's ( IYT) top holding, FedEx ( FDX), is scheduled to announce its quarterly earnings report. These numbers should provide insight not only into the state of the transports, but also the broader economy.

iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund ( ICF) -2.1%

The REITs were another section of the market that struggled this week, causing ICF and iShares FTSE NAREIT Residential Index Fund ( REZ) to slump.

This week's slowdown appears to a breather for the REITs. Throughout the second half of the summer, these ETFs have seen impressive run-ups. Looking to the near term, I still believe that real estate funds such as ICF and REZ hold promise.

-- Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
At the time of publication, Dion Money Management was long iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund and First Trust NYSE Internet Index Fund.

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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