NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Here are five ETFs to watch this week.iShares MSCI Canada Index Fund ( EWC) Sprinkled across the latter half of this week's earnings calendar are a handful of top Canadian banks. EWC, which sets aside nearly one-third of its index to the financial sector, will be heavily influenced by the performances and outlooks from institutions including the Royal Bank of Canada ( RY), Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD), Bank of Nova Scotia ( BNS) and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM). Canada's markets have lagged compared to the U.S., as indicated by EWC's performance against the SDPR S&P 500 ETF ( SPY). Against fellow international developed markets, however, it has noticeably outperform over the past month. Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ( XLP) With the start of the holiday shopping season, investors looking for exposure to consumers may be immediately drawn to discretionary stocks. However, in the face of the choppy action over the past few weeks, staples have proven to be a more reliable destination. Last week,
Despite being a popular safe haven, gold has faced trials as it hovers around the $1,700 level. Looking to the days ahead, it will be interesting to see if global turbulence continues to weigh on physically backed products like SPDR Gold Shares ( GLD) and iShares Gold Trust ( IAU). iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker-Dealer Index Fund ( IAI) The U.S. financial industry has been cast under a negative light as fearful investors question the level of exposure domestic banks have to the troubled eurozone. While broad-based funds like the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financial Sector Index Fund ( IYF) and the Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) have taken hits, their respective downturns are contained compared to the losses seen from IAI. Boasting exposure to controversial names including Morgan Stanley ( MS) and Jefferies Group ( JEF), IAI is a fund I would encourage investors to monitor from the sidelines. Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.
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