Dion's Thursday ETF Winners and Losers

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.

Winners

Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF ( KWT) 7.9%

Solar energy ETFs are gaining ground, helping KWT and the Guggenheim Solar ETF ( TAN) punch through its highs in October. Today's action extends TAN's winning streak to seven days.

Trina Solar ( TSL) and Yingli Green Energy ( YGE) are two standout winners from this corner of the energy sector. Both are up over 20% in early afternoon trading.

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN ( VXX) 2.8%

Despite an encouraging initial jobless claims report and news of a Greece agreement, trading is tepid as we near the end of the week. This, in turn, is helping both VXX and the VIX benchmark index push into positive territory. VXX's three-day string of gains is its longest in 2012.

PowerShares DB Base Metals Fund ( DBB) 1.5%

Improving economic conditions have inspired investors to regain exposure to market-correlated asset classes. Base metals have becoming a beneficiary, evidenced by the steep upward trajectory of DBB. In the opening weeks of 2012, this fund, which tracks the performance of futures contracts linked to resources like copper, aluminum, and zinc, has surged to its 200-day moving average. The last time this level was tested was in August.

Losers

iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund ( TUR) -1.1%

The emerging nations comprising Eastern Europe are struggling, pushing funds like TUR and the Market Vectors Russia ETF ( RSX) into negative territory. Meanwhile, nations to the west are seeing limited action to the upside. The iShares MSCI Germany Index Fund ( EWG), the iShares MSCI France Index Fund ( EWQ) and the iShares MSCI Spain Index Fund ( EWP) have gained less than 0.5%.

Teucrium Corn ETF ( CORN) -1.1%

While the base metal-tracking DBB is heading higher, the same can not be said for other futures-backed ETFs. For example, funds like CORN and the iPath Dow Jones UBS Grains Subindex Total Return ETN ( JJG) are heading lower.

The weakness in grains is weighing on broader agriculture ETFs as well. The PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund ( DBA) is off nearly 1%.

iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund ( TLT) -1.0%

The gains seen from the volatility index indicate some jitters, but investors are showing resistance towards the idea of unloading their risky assets. Safe havens like long-term U.S. Treasuries are taking a shot across the bow, pushing TLT below near term support. Looking to the near term, investors may want to keep an eye on this fund to see if it can find some footing.

All prices as of 2:13 PM EST.

Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.

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At the time of publication, Dion Money Management did not own any equities mentioned.

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