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Dion's Thursday ETF Winners And Losers

Various factors led to a few surprises and disappointments in the ETF world on Thursday, with some funds seeing jumps of up to 2 percent, while others fell by nearly 5 percent, according to an article on The Street.

Street contributor Don Dion reflected on the best- and worst-performing ETF of Thursday.

Those highlighted in the winning category and their daily returns include:

ETF.com Analysis

Is Solar Dead?

Solar stocks are getting crushed and many are now trading like penny stocks, but could this sharp sell-off be a bit overdone?

ETF.com Analysis

Did Germany Just Bring Sexy Back To Green ETFs?

On Monday, Germany made headlines by announcing it will shutter all its nuclear reactors by 2022. But is it a game-changer for renewable energy?

ETF Report

 Is It Getting Easier To Be Green Again?

Renewable energy ETFs were all the hype in the summer of 2008; crude oil prices topped $140 a barrel and investors searched for alternatives. The hype didn’t last, however. Crude prices crashed to the mid-$30s during the financial crisis later that year. The two largest green energy ETFs at the time, the PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy ETF (NYSE Arca: PBW) and the Market Vectors Global Alternative Energy ETF (NYSE Arca: GEX), both plummeted over 70 percent in share price. PBW’s assets under management (AUM) also fell, from $1.5 billion to under $500 million, while GEX’s AUM fell from $300 million to under $32 million.

ETF Report

 Is A Smart Phone ETF Silly?

First Trust’s plans outlined in a recent filing to market an ETF that would track smart-phone-related companies bring back into focus a basic question: Is an investment vehicle this specific in its focus genius or folly?