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 out which ETFs are gaining or losing.

Winners

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN ( VXX) 14.6%

The global markets have taken a hit following Friday's U.S. credit downgrade from Standard & Poor's. The fear-tracking VIX has reacted with another day of strong upward action.

With these industry-leading gains, the VXX has moved through its 200-day moving average for the first time since it began trading in early 2009. Currently, the fund is trading at levels last seen in March.

SPDR Gold Shares ( GLD) 3.5%

The market's shaky action has sent investors fleeing towards safe haven asset classes. Gold has become a popular destination as prices rose above the $1,700 per troy ounce level.

GLD and iShares Gold Trust ( IAU) will be interesting to watch in the days ahead. While attractive as a short-term trade, I have long encouraged investors to view these bullion-backed options as long-term portfolio holdings.

Silver is getting a lift as well. The iShares Silver Trust ( SLV) is up 2.9%.

iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund ( TLT) 2.6%

Long-term U.S. treasuries have become another popular market corner. TLT has witnessed a staggering run up as investors across the globe work to shed risk. The fund is trading at levels last seen a year ago.

As TLT heads higher, the ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury ETF ( TBT) is taking a shot across the bow.

Losers

Market Vectors Russia ETF ( RSX) -12.8%

Russia's marketplace is taking a heavy hit as investors steer clear of risky emerging markets. Further aiding to the fund's decline is the weakness seen across the energy markets.

RSX's index is heavily dedicated to oil goliaths such as Gazprom, Lukoil and Rosneft. Each firm accounts for over 7% of the fund's index.

Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF ( KWT) -10.2%

The solar energy ETF is breaking below 2009 lows as scared investors steer clear of risky sectors.

As I've explained on a number of occasions, solar and other corners of the alternative energy spectrum are not for the faint of heart. As the Western world works to rein in debt, the subsidies these companies rely on will face heavy pressure.

iShares MSCI Austria Investable Market Index Fund ( EWO) -9.6%

The European debt crisis is one of a number of factors stoking fear in the hearts of global investors as we start out the new week.

Although EU member, Austria is witnessing one of the day's biggest declines, ETFs linked to non euro-nations such as Norway and Turkey are falling hard as well.

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 Gold Trust.

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