January's ETF Winners and Losers

By Investopedia Staff | February 02, 2011 AAA

On a day-to-day basis, most industries/sectors tend not to have dramatic price movements. However, material news/information that is fundamental to an industry/sector's business does get released periodically. This type of news has the potential to move a tracking exchange traded fund (ETF) by several percentage points (in either direction).
But even if an ETF has already moved, it might still warrant a look. After good news, an industry/sector may increase in value, but this momentum can often continue on for more upside. Likewise, bad news often knocks down an ETF's price more than is warranted, causing it to sell at bargain levels until the price moves back up.

Check out which ETFs made the biggest moves in January. By comparison, the entire DJIA was up +3.26% and the S&P 500 was up 3.16% over the same period. (For related reading, see How Now, Dow? What Moves The DJIA?)

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January's Best-Performing ETFs

Company %Change
Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X Shares (NYSE:FAS) +13.51%
Oil Services HOLDRs (NYSE:OIH) +10.09%
iShares S&P NA Tec, Semi. Idx. Fd.(Nasdaq:SOXX) +9.46%
iShares Dow Jones US Energy(NYSE:IYE) +9.45%
ProShares Ultra QQQ (NYSE:QLD) +9.37%

January's Worst-Performing ETFs

Company %Change
Direxion Daily Financial Bear 3x Shares (NYSE:FAZ) -14.29%
Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSE:SIL) -14.15%
iShares MSCI South Africa Index(NYSE:EZA) -10.73%
SPDR S&P Emerging Middle East & Africa (NYSE:GAF) -10.60%
Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE:GDX)
-9.81%

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