Best/Worst Weekly ETF Returns: NatGas, Indonesia Outperform

March 01, 2013

Falling temperatures in the week ended Thursday, Feb. 28 added allure to natural gas funds, while clean energy funds flagged.

The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) led the trend of natural gas funds with stellar performance last week, rising 5.68 percent on investors' anticipation that colder weather will hike up demand for the commodity, according to Sumit Roy, Managing Editor of

UNG was joined by three other natural gas funds—NAGS, UNL and DCNG—gaining 4.48 percent, 4.41 percent and 3.92 percent, respectively.

The S&P 500 climbed 12.26 points, or 0.81 percent, during the five-trading-day period ended Thursday, Feb. 28, ending at 1,514.68.

Indonesian small-cap funds also made an appearance on the best performers' list as a weakening rupiah boosted U.S. investors' returns on local equities.

A dichotomy populated the worst performances as well, as the list was split between clean energy funds—which typically underperform when natural gas is up— and India small-cap funds, tanking as local exchanges plummeted following a less-than-appealing budget proposal from Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.

Top 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and <1,000 Shares Traded

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
UNG United States Natural Gas 5.68% 29,081,143 1,011.26
EIDO iShares MSCI Indonesia Investable Market 5.02% 2,079,112 492.46
IDXJ Market Vectors Indonesia Small Cap 4.52% 46,962 4.35
NAGS Teucrium Natural Gas 4.48% 27,363 4.08
UNL United States 12 Month Natural Gas 4.41% 189,936 45.45
IDX Market Vectors Indonesia 4.24% 1,856,667 438.56
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term 4.23% 16,286,629 179.45
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN 4.08% 381,154,711 1,077.42
VIIX VelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN 4.08% 4,784,201 13.53
DCNG iPath Pure Beta Seasonal Natural Gas ETN 3.92% 881,359 78.04

Bottom 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and <1,000 Shares Traded

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
GRN iPath Global Carbon ETN -7.92% 4,804 0.73
SCIF Market Vectors India Small-Cap -7.21% 887,686 103.36
TAN Guggenheim Solar -7.00% 1,104,702 70.46
SCIN EGShares India Small Cap -6.54% 20,416 21.88
KWT Market Vectors Solar Energy -6.23% 60,462 12.45
SMIN iShares MSCI India Small Cap -6.07% 9,272 4.46
PBW PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy -5.25% 6,688,691 141.12
UHN United States Diesel-Heating Oil -4.34% 24,052 6.63
IDHB PowerShares S&P International Developed High Beta -4.19% 2,000 7.42
UGA United States Gasoline -3.80% 228,133 61.41

Disclaimer: All data as of 6 a.m. Eastern time the date the article is published. Data is believed to be accurate; however, transient market data is often subject to subsequent revision and correction by the exchanges.

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