The solar energy industry is gaining on Monday, allowing TAN to continue along its upward trajectory. China's Suntech Power Holdings ( STP) is leading this industry higher, locking in over 11% gains in early afternoon trading. As I've explained, TAN is still a volatile product. However, the fund may prove to be a lucrative investment as we head into the closing months of 2010.
iShares MSCI Israel Capped Investable Market Index Fund (EIS) 2.2%
Generic drug giant, Teva Pharmaceuticals ( TEVA) is not solely responsible for the rise in EIS today, despite the firm making up over 20% of the fund's total portfolio. Instead, smaller positions such as Makhteshim Agan Industries are helping the fund higher. Today, this firm was up nearly 30%. Another international-focused ETF heading higher today was iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund ( TUR).
The markets are trading slightly higher today, aiding industries such as coal which benefit in times of economic strength. Within KOL, companies such as Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR) and Arch Coal ( ACI) are leading the way, gaining approximately 2% higher. KOL will be a strong play if the markets continue higher. Bullish investors should keep this fund on their radars.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX) -1.5%
Today's tepid gains are putting pressure on the fear-based VIX ETNs. VXX continues to lead investors lower, carving out new all-time lows. Meanwhile, VXX's cousin, the iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN ( VXJ) is on the verge of testing $82.5. This level has been an area of support throughout the summer season. It will be exciting to watch in coming days to see if this level holds up. Overall, VXX and VXZ are best only for spectators. Investors looking for reliable positions should turn their attention elsewhere.
Weakness can be felt across much of the Asian continent on Monday as EWT, Market Vectors Indonesia ETF ( IDX) and iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund ( EWY) trade lower. While these nations lag, China is actually trading higher. The PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX Portfolio ( PGJ) is one of seeing strength today, jumping 1.9%.
UNG is yet to show any signs of stabilizing. On Monday, the fund once again treaded lower to a new all-time low. Despite the tumble in natural gas futures prices, gas producers are managing to stay in positive territory. First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund ( FCG) was up 0.6% in early afternoon trading. Oil prices are heading lower today as well. The United States Oil Fund ( USO) is down 0.5%. All prices as of 2:16 PM EST. At the time of publication, Dion Money Management owned TUR.