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.
Guggenheim Solar ETF ( TAN) 4.0% The solar energy industry-tracking ETF is ramping higher today, helped higher by optimistic news regarding sector bellwether, First Solar ( FSLR). The firm on Tuesday announced that it received the OK from California environmental regulators to produce a 230- megawatt plant. Elsewhere in the realm of alternative energy, uranium producers are jumping, pushing the Global X Uranium ETF ( URA) higher. iPath Dow Jones UBS Cotton Total Return Subindex ETN ( BAL) 2.7% Cotton prices are heading higher today as investors remain focused on rising commodity prices. The increasing prices of cotton, sugar and other agriculture-related hard assets has helped power the broad based PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund ( DBA) to levels last seen at the close of 2008. Global X Silver Miners ETF ( SIL) 2.1% Silver is leading the precious metals industry higher, with notable gains coming from miner back products such as SIL; the physically based iShares Silver Trust ( SLV); and futures-backed PowerShares DB Silver Fund ( DBS). Gold and other precious metals are not being left behind however. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF ( GDX) and ETFS Physical Palladium Shares ( PALL) are seeing notable gains as well.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN ( VXX) -2.8% Despite an earnings miss from financial giant Citigroup ( C), the markets are continuing to head higher, driving the VIX and VIX-related ETNs lower for another day. Tuesday, decline marks the sixth consecutive day of downward action. Both VXX and iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid Term Futures ETN ( VXZ) are consistently testing new all-time lows. Market Vectors India Small Cap Index ETF ( SCIF) -2.1% The Indian marketplace has been getting battered recently as inflation pressures weigh on investor confidence. This trend continued at the start of this shortened week, leading SCIF to test new all-time lows. India remains an area of interest due to its prominence within the emerging market world. However, for now, investors should exhibit caution. iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund ( ITB) -1.5% Although we remain on course for the economic recovery, the homebuilders stick out as a region of concern. On Tuesday, funds such as ITB and SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF ( XHB) faced pressure after the National Association of Home Builders announced that its index remained unchanged at a less-than-optimistic 16 in January.