Dion's Thursday ETF Winners and Losers

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.

Winners

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.

Losers

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.

iShares MSCI Spain Index Fund ( EWP) -1.0%

Vulnerable corners of the European Union are taking a hit as investors are reminded of the looming debt crises facing this region of the globe. Although EWP is leading the way lower, the iShares MSCI Italy Index Fund ( EWI) is not far behind.

Europe remains a tricky region of the globe to navigate. Keep any exposure small and focused.

All prices as of 2:13 PM EST

Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.

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At the time of publication, Dion Money Management owned PowerShares DB Agriculture ETF.

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