WinnersETFS Physical Palladium Shares ( PALL) 2.1% Palladium is heading higher in early afternoon trading as investors prepare for the holiday weekend. It has been a strong week for this member of the platinum group of precious metals; shares of PALL pushed higher during four consecutive trading days. Other precious metal ETFs are seeing tepid action. The iShares Gold Trust ( IAU), iShares Silver Trust ( SLV) and ETFS Physical Palladium Shares ( PPLT) are all seeing sub-1% fluctuations. iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN ( VXX) 1.7% The fear-tracking VIX index kicked off Friday's session in red, marking its fourth consecutive day in negative territory. Despite these losses, ETNs linked to the benchmark, including VXX and the iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN ( VXZ), are still managing to head higher. For VXX, this marks the second day of upward action in a row. iShares Dow Jones UBS Copper Subindex Total Return ETN ( JJC) 1.1% Copper futures prices have pushed higher during five of the past six trading sessions. This rally has helped JJC recover back to its 50-day moving average. Looking ahead to the near future, this technical level could be interesting to watch. Since breaking below in August, it has proven to be a point of resistance.
LosersUnited States Natural Gas Fund ( UNG) -1.9% Futures-tracking exchange traded products linked to energy are seeing mixed action. While the UNG is taking a notable hit, United States Gasoline Fund ( UGA) is up over 2.0%. Meanwhile, energy producer ETFs like iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Exploration & Production Index Fund ( IEZ) and First Trust ISE Revere Natural Gas Index Fund ( FCG) are seeing limited action. iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund ( TLT) -1.2% The U.S. marketplace enjoyed some welcomed strength this week, encouraging investors to take steps back into risk. This flight from safety has boded poorly for ETFs like TLT; the fund has retreated to its 50-day moving average. The leveraged, inverse-tracking ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury ETF ( TBT), meanwhile, has performed well in this environment. Three days of gains have helped the fund recover nearly all of the losses it suffered during last week's selloff.
WisdomTree India Earnings ETF ( EPI) 1.0%As the U.S. markets close out the week on a steady note, nations to the East are facing pressure. ETFs linked to Asian countries, like EPI and iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund ( THD), are among the biggest decliners. Taiwan appears to be bucking this downward action. Heading into the close, shares of iShares MSCI Taiwan Index Fund ( EWT) are trading in positive territory. All prices as of 2:12 pm EST