Best/Worst Weekly ETF Returns
Best/Worst Weekly ETF Returns: Solar ETFs Rise
December 14, 2012
The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) and the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT) were the best-performing ETFs in the past week ended Thursday, benefiting from a successful initial public offering of a major U.S. solar panel installer as well as from increased Chinese support of the industry.
The $48.8 million TAN rose 14.7 percent while KWT, which has $11 million in assets, climbed 14 percent. The gains came as the Dow Jones industrial average tagged on 96 points, or rose 0.73 percent in the five-day period ended Dec. 13.
For solar energy enthusiasts, the recent run-up was a welcomed reprieve from what has been one long year of losses in solar funds, as the segment faces collapsing prices while output capacity grows.
Year-to-date, both TAN and KWT have bled roughly a third of their value, and those losses look even steeper on an annual chart. TAN has lost 40 percent in the past year, while KWT is off by 37 percent.
The $121.8 million PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy ETF (NYSEArca: PBW) was another strong performer, with gains of 4.7 percent and total trading volume of more than 2.15 million shares.
Choking On Methane
On the flip side, natural gas strategies were among the worst-performing funds of the week, with the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) leading the pack, with losses of more than 8.4 percent.
UNG’s decline came accompanied by hefty trading volume—nearly 10 million shares of the fund, on average, changed hands every day last week.
The $1.16 billion ETF wasn’t the only natural gas strategy to give in to the pressures of a growing stockpile of supplies as the U.S. winter-driven demand gets off to a slow start due to mild weather.
Indeed, natural gas prices slipped more than 5 percent this past week, even if many are looking for an uptick in demand in the week ahead on forecasts for colder weather across much of the country.
The Teucrium Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: NAGS) and the United States 12 Month Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNL) each shed nearly 6 percent of their values in the past five days.
Top 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and <1,000 Shares Traded
Bottom 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and <1,000 Shares Traded
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