Best/Worst Weekly ETF Returns: Cocoa Delights

The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Cocoa Total Return ETN (NIB) was one of two cocoa strategies to lead the best-performer funds in the week ended Thursday, Aug. 30, amid a rally in cocoa prices sparked by supply concerns in parts of Africa.

NIB tagged on gains of more than 10 percent in the past five-day period, while the iPath Pure Beta Cocoa ETN (CHOC) rose 9.6 percent.

Other commodities and energy funds were also found among the week’s top performances. But the third-best-performing spot went to WisdomTree’s Global Real Return ETF (RRF), which climbed nearly 7 percent—a performance that stands out considering that U.S. stocks beat a slow drum all week, moving some 5 points in either direction at any given day just to end the week 0.4 percent lower, or 56 points, at 13,000.71.

The $4.8 million fund is designed to generate total returns—as in capital appreciation and income—that go beyond the rate of inflation in the long term.

On the flip side, solar energy strategies were some of the worst-performing investments in the week ended Thursday. Both the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (KWT) and the Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN) bled more than 9.2 percent of their value in a week.

The $10 million KWT has now given up more than two-thirds of its value in the past year while TAN, a $42 million fund, has shed nearly 69 percent of its value in 12 months.

A handful of emerging markets strategies, including a China-focused materials ETF, rounded off the week’s list of bottom performers.

As a note, IndexUniverse's weekly data looks at a Thursday-to-Thursday period.


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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
NIB iPath Dow Jones-UBS Cocoa Total Return ETN 10.02% 384,001 44.82
CHOC iPath Pure Beta Cocoa ETN 9.60% 36,383 5.11
RRF WisdomTree Global Real Return 6.95% 3,662 4.84
FUE ELEMENTS MLCX Biofuels Total Return ETN 3.77% 1,150 2.06
USV ETRACS CMCI Silver Total Return ETN 3.41% 4,080 6.80
SOYB Teucrium Soybeans 3.26% 164,355 12.82
BDG PowerShares DB Base Metals Long ETN 3.11% 1,450 1.35
EGPT Market Vectors Egypt 3.08% 146,291 51.50
VNM Market Vectors Vietnam 2.56% 988,685 269.96
JJN iPath Dow Jones-UBS Nickel Total Return ETN 2.49% 2,830 6.74

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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
KWT Market Vectors Solar Energy -9.47% 10,857 10.87
TAN Guggenheim Solar -9.24% 154,749 42.58
EMT EGShares Emerging Markets Metals ' Mining -7.33% 19,146 11.40
PLTM First Trust ISE Global Platinum -6.94% 35,003 7.35
EMMT iShares MSCI-Emerging Markets Materials -6.83% 9,467 6.35
KOL Market Vectors Coal -6.78% 723,526 172.98
CVOL C-Tracks Exchange-Traded Notes on the Citi Volatility -6.64% 197,274 6.15
GDXJ Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners -6.63% 15,867,167 2,461.16
LGEM EGShares Basic Materials GEMS -6.47% 10,600 2.58
CHIM Global X China Materials -6.44% 30,283 2.13

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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