Best/Worst Weekly ETF Returns: Miners Rule

By Hannah Tool,

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The Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners fund (NYSEArca:GDXJ) spiked 11.51 percent in the week ending Thursday, July 25, topping returns and leading a group of gold and silver miner funds to serve up tasty return jumps.

The S&P 500 stayed steady during that same five-day period, rising 0.88 points, or flat for the week, to close at 1,690.25 on Thursday.

All 10 of the best-performing funds were mining-focused, holding baskets of stocks that invest in various parts of the excavation process involved with mining precious metals. As gold prices rallied for the third-consecutive week, the value of these mining funds enjoyed a hefty jump in performance return.

A mix of funds showed the most noteworthy performance slumps, with volatility based strategies ringing in as the worst performers. Domestic markets were mixed throughout the week, and funds like the ProShares VIX Short-Term ETF (NYSEArca:VIXY) can suffer when volatility turns out to be in the market's favor, as it did this week.

Natural gas lagged, as shown by the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return ETN (NYSEArca GAZ) sliding 5.63 percent and the United States Natural Gas fund (NYSEArca:UNG) falling 4.30 percent.

Single-country funds focused on Indonesia and Turkey retreated:the Market Vectors Indonesia Small Cap fund (NYSEArca:IDXJ) lost 4.74 percent and the iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca:TUR) slid 4.34 percent.

Top 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and 'lt;1,000 Shares Traded

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
GDXJ Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners 11.51% 6,071,794 1,378.23
GGGG Global X PURE Gold Miners 11.08% 51,652 3.55
SILJ PureFunds ISE Junior Silver (Small Cap Miners/Explorers) 10.88% 2,825 1.73
GLDX Global X Gold Explorers 10.59% 306,799 31.72
GDX Market Vectors Gold Miners 9.74% 182,791,417 6,826.78
SIL Global X Silver Miners 9.33% 1,197,642 212.98
RING iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners 9.21% 327,803 35.30
PSAU PowerShares Global Gold and Precious Metals 9.01% 224,236 20.92
SLVP iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners 8.63% 39,277 5.14
FAN First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy 7.84% 1,639,242 35.26
Bottom 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and 'lt;1,000 Shares Traded
Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term -6.25% 2,365,643 171.54
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN -6.22% 35,437,394 1,401.68
VIIX VelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN -6.22% 2,845,285 21.70
GAZ iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return ETN -5.63% 107,220 35.57
ITB iShares U.S. Home Construction -5.50% 32,814,540 1,858.21
JJG iPath Dow Jones UBS Grains Total Return ETN -4.94% 167,881 101.93
IDXJ Market Vectors Indonesia Small Cap -4.74% 117,313 6.53
TUR iShares MSCI Turkey -4.34% 1,167,717 666.88
UNG United States Natural Gas -4.30% 25,457,472 1,462.19
CORN Teucrium Corn -3.93% 431,607 37.48

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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This article appears in: Investing ETFs
Referenced Stocks: GDXJ , IDXJ , TUR , UNG , VIXY

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