NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Welcome to Don Dion's "ETF Winners and Losers." Be sure to stop by throughout the week to find out which ETFs are gaining or losing.
iPath Dow Jones UBS Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN ( SGG) 3.9% A bevy of exchange traded products linked to agricultural futures contracts are heading higher as we approach the close. Leading the way higher is SGG, iPath Dow Jones UBS Cotton Subindex Total Return ETN ( BAL) and iPath Dow Jones UBS Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN ( JO). Corn appears to be bucking this trend, as indicated by the downward action seen from the Teucrium Corn ETF ( CORN). iShares PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index Fund ( SOXX) 1.7% The semiconductors have enjoyed a strong start to October. During the opening weeks of the month, shares of SOXX have witnessed only two days of downward action as the fund has attempted to recover some of the ground lost during its summertime slide. It will be interesting to see if the fund can continue to power higher. It is nearing its September highs. First Trust Amex Biotechnology Fund ( FBT) 1.1% Strength from companies, including Regeneron Pharmaceuticals ( REGN) and Biogen ( BIIB), are helping to buoy biotechnology ETFs like FBT and iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund ( IBB) as we approach the close. Biotech can be a tricky to tame because of the inherent volatility of individual companies. In the past, I have encouraged the most risk wary investors looking for exposure to this industry to turn to IBB.
iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund ( THD) -3.3% The Thailand ETF has witnessed a persistent, multi-week bounce following its steep September sell-off. In the near term, though, the fund could be in for trouble. At this time, a large portion of the nation is battling against rising flood waters that threaten to disrupt the nation's marketplace. This week, Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister warned that the damage caused by the floods could shrink GDP growth by 0.6% to 0.9%. SPDR KBW Bank ETF ( KBE) -3.2% Banking ETFs are heading south, with the broad-based KBE leading the way. Industry leader JPMorgan ( JPM) is one of the biggest decliners, dropping over 5% during early afternoon trading. On Thursday morning, the firm kicked off the earnings season for the financials. Despite beating analyst estimates, choppy market action still resulted in a notable decline in profits.