Dion's Friday 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

Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF ( KWT) 4.1%

Reports that Total ( TOT) was planning to purchase a controlling stake in SolarPower ( SPWRA) sent shares of SPWRA up over 30% during early afternoon trading. KWT lists the firm among its top 10 holdings, representing 4% of its portfolio.

The Guggenheim Solar ETF ( TAN) sets aside a smaller chunk of its portfolio to SolarPower but it is trading higher today as well.

iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund ( EPU) 2.5%

The Peru ETF is witnessing its third consecutive day of standout gains, helping to lift the fund back towards its 200-day moving average.

So far, it's been a rough year for this nation. Despite its recent run of strength, investors should use caution. As an emerging market, Peru could be volatile in the days ahead

SPDR S&P Semiconductors ETF ( XSD) 1.9%

The SPDR Semiconductor ETF has enjoyed nearly 10 days of uninterrupted gains. This ascension has helped the fund recover most of its losses suffered during its February downturn.

In the days ahead, it will be interesting to see if XSD can reach its previous 2011 highs. Japan will continue to be a region to watch.

Losers

iPath Dow Jones UBS Tin Subindex Total Return ETN ( JJT) -2.7%

The tin ETN has been trading sideways throughout much of April, bouncing back and forth between 2011 highs and its 50-day moving average. Other base metal Exchange traded products including the iPath Dow Jones UBS Copper Subindex Total Return ETN ( JJC) and PowerShares DB Base Metals Fund ( DBB) are down as well.

Fellow single commodity ETN, the iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN ( SGG) is falling today as well. Friday's decline marks the fifth day of losses in a row.

First Trust NYSE Arca Biotechnology Index Fund ( FBT) -2.5%

FBT is suffering losses, ending an otherwise strong April on a sour note. Shares of its top holding Regeneron ( REGN) are leading the way lower, dipping nearly 14% in early afternoon trading.

As I've explained previously, FBT is well structured for investors looking for access to volatile components of the biotechnology industry. Those looking for a more conservative bet on this corner of the health care industry should turn to the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund ( IBB).

Global X Uranium ETF ( URA) -1.9%

The uranium ETF is following up Thursday's losses with another weak session. Extract Resources is a notable decliner, dipping over 11% on concerns regarding the firm's venture into Nambia. Extract is listed among URA's top five holdings.

Once again, the Market Vectors Nuclear Energy + Uranium ETF ( NLR) is proving to be the more stable of the uranium ETFs. The fund was unchanged during early afternoon trading.

All prices as of 2:15 PM EST

Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.

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At the time of publication, Dion Money Management owned iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund.

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