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Best & Worst Weekly Performers: January 13 Edition

Here is a look at the 25 best and 25 worst ETFs from the past week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions.Likewise, traders can also use this list to spot potential trend-reversal opportunities that may offer a generous risk/reward. As always, investors of all experience levels are advised to use stop-loss orders and practice disciplined profit-taking techniques.To get access to all premium content, sign up for a free 14-day trial to Pro.Best Performing ETFsThe U.S. market closed in the green on Thursday, with all three major indices closing higher. The overall sentiment was positive due to optimism about global economic prospects.Many natural gas ETFs such as VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN (UGAZ C+) and United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG B-) featured on this week’s Best-Performing ETFs List as natural gas prices moved up by 10% this week. Natural gas prices increased as cold weather boosted demand, leading to a decline in supplies amounting to 206 billion cubic feet last week.Several financial ETFs like ProShares UltraPro Financials (FINU B) were also present on this week’s list as financials was the third-best performing sector, returning more than 2% over the last five days. Moreover, U.S. banks and financial institutions are likely to benefit from tax cuts and rate hikes.Direxion Daily Transportation Bull 3X Shares (TPOR n/a), which tracks the performance of large U.S. transportation companies, was also one of the best-performing ETFs returning more than 11% over the last five days.Industrials was the top-performing sector this week. Direxion Daily Industrials Bull 3X Shares (DUSL n/a), which provides 3X exposure to an index of U.S. industrial companies, also featured on the list.Direxion Daily Aerospace & Defense Bull 3X Shares (DFEN n/a), which provides 3X leveraged exposure to an index of U.S. aerospace & defense companies, also ranked as one of the best performers this week, as the aerospace & defense segment registered a 4.3% gain over the last five days.Direxion Daily Retail Bull 3x Shares ETF (RETL A), which provides 3x exposure to the US. retail industry, was also amongst the best-performing ETFs this week. Consumer discretionary was the second-best performing sector returning 2.7%. All segments of the retail sector – multiline, specialty and the internet – posted strong gains during the week.Browse different ETFs on by Types, by clicking here.Check out the January 6 Edition of Best & Worst Weekly Performers to compare it with this week’s list.Worst Performing ETFsIt was not surprising to see several natural gas and financial inverse ETFs rank on this week’s Worst-Performing ETFs List.Several inverse oil ETFs such as United States 3x Short Oil Fund (USOD n/a) and Proshares Ultrapro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF (OILD ) also featured on this week’s Worst-Performing ETFs List as oil prices increased by more than 3% over the week. Oil prices rose after OPEC members agreed to continue limiting their supplies limiting their supplies. Energy Bear 3X Direxion (ERY B) was also present on the list as S&P 500 Energy posted over 2% gains in the last five days.Direxion Daily S&P Biotech Bear 3x Shares ETF (LABD ), which seeks -300% of the performance of the S&P Biotechnology Select Industry Index, also ranked amongst the worst-performing ETFs this week, as the biotechnology segment increased marginally in the last five days.Direxion Daily MSCI Mexico Bull 3X Shares (MEXX n/a) ranked amongst the worst-performing ETFs this week on news that the U.S. might prepare to withdraw from Nafta.Direxion Daily Real Estate Bull 3x Shares (DRN B+), which provides 3x exposure to the U.S. Real Estate Investment Trust Index, also made it to the list of worst-performing ETFs as the REIT segment registered an over 2.5% decline during the last five days. At the same time, Lennar Corp., the second-largest homebuilder in the US, reported a much lower than expected quarterly profit.Several commodity ETFs such as iPath Dow Jones-UBS Sugar ETN (SGG C+) and DJ-UBS Coffee TR Sub-Idx ETN Ipath (JO B-) also ranked as the worst-performing ETFs this week, losing over 7% and 6%, respectively.See what’s trending on by clicking here.Read our ETF Scorecard: January 12 Edition to keep up with the markets and see how various asset classes across the globe are performing.Check out this week’s ETF launches here.Please note that this list is updated on a weekly basis.For more ETF analysis, make sure to sign up for our free ETF newsletter.

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