Dion's Monday 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 find which ETFs are winning and which are losing when it comes to ETFs.

Winners

Market Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF ( REMX) 1.7%

Rare earth providers are heading higher on reports that constrained supplies have sent prices soaring.

It will be interesting to see if more gains are in store for REMX. The fund has been in a steep downward path since the start of June. The past two upward sessions, however, may indicate that this trend is reversing. Tread carefully here.

iShares Dow Jones US Healthcare Provider Index Fund ( IHF) 1.6%

IHF's index leaders, UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) and WellPoint ( WLP) are helping to push up nearly 3% during early afternoon trading.

Investors with exposure to IHF will want to keep close tabs on UNH and WLP since the two account for a quarter of the fund's index.

SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) 1.5%

The retail sector is heading higher as market strength spurs investor confidence. Looking to the near term, short-term minded investors may want to keep a close eye on XRT's 50-day moving average. The fund is fast approaching this level.

The consumer remains an interesting sector to keep an eye on.

Losers

Market Vectors India Small Cap Index ETF ( SCIF) -4.5%

India's marketplace is running into headwinds, pressured by reports that the nation's government is mulling the idea of imposing a capital gains tax on Mauritius-routed transactions. The smallest publicly traded India-based companies are struggling the most, as SCIF descends to near-record lows.

Large cap India ETFs such as WisdomTree India Earnings ETF ( EPI) are sliding as well.

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN ( VXX) -3.6%

The broad markets are witnessing some welcomed strength as we set out on the new week. In response to the sweeping upward action, the fear-tracking VIX ETNs are running to in trouble, and VXX is leading the pack lower as it has retreated to its 50-day moving average. It will be interesting to see if this level proves to be a point of support.

iPath Dow Jones UBS Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN ( JO) -2.7% Coffee prices are tumbling, leading JO to suffer its fifth consecutive day of declines. The ETN's string of losses has pushed it to its 200-day moving average for the first time since this time last year.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, sugar prices are heading higher, pushing the iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN ( SGG) to industry-leading gains.

Trying to game individual crops can be a risky endeavor. The broad based PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund ( DBA) is a better option. In early afternoon trading, the fund was in positive territory.

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 the iShares Dow Jones US Healthcare Provider Index Fund.

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