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.
Teucrium Corn ETF ( CORN) 8.3% Corn prices are surging higher on supply concerns, helping CORN undo the losses suffered earlier this week. The strength of this crop is helping to power other ag-related ETFs to strong gains. The iPath Dow Jones UBS Grains Total Return Subindex ETN ( JJG) and the PowerShares DB Agriculture ETF ( DBA) are among the biggest movers. iPath Dow Jones UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN ( GAZ) 3.0% Despite seeing an initial dip due to a less than favorable storage report form the Energy Information Administration, natural gas futures funds are heading higher. The premium laden GAZ is leading the United States Natural Gas Fund ( UNG). The crisis sweeping Libya is thrusting crude prices into the spotlight and helping to power futures-based funds such as iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Subindex Total Return ETN ( OIL) and United States Oil Fund ( USO) to some of the day's biggest gains as well. ETFS Physical Palladium Shares ( PALL) 1.4% Palladium prices are strengthening, helping PALL continue to recover the ground lost during its early March breakdown. Looking ahead, investors with exposure to PALL will want to keep a close eye on economic conditions around the world. Due to its extensive use across a number of industries, this white metal tends to follow broad market action.
Market Vectors Uranium+Nuclear Energy ETF ( NLR) -1.5% The nuclear energy industry continues to react wildly as investors react to the daily headlines on the crisis in Japan. Although both NLR and the Global X Uranium ETF ( URA) have run into headwinds, the Market Vectors option has proven to be noticeably resilient. Year to date, the fund is down under 10% while URA has dipped close to 30%. Continue to use extreme caution in this region of the marketplace. iShares PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index Fund ( SOXX) -1.0% The semiconductors are struggling, causing funds such as SOXX and the PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors Portfolio ( PSI) to suffer some of the day's heaviest declines. It will be interesting to see how these funds perform. Both have staged a comeback since the Japanese earthquake and are currently sitting at their 50-day moving averages.