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5 Best-Performing Inverse ETFs Thriving Off Volatility

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 500 points Friday before clawing back and then giving up its gains to post a loss of over 350 points as of 3:05 p.m. ET. It's been a common occurrence in an October that's proving to be a volatile month for U.S. equities, but there have been some bright spots for exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as the markets are poised to end another week of volatility.

If the Dow closes Friday's trading session with another loss, it will be four out of five days in the red. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 is playing a cruel game of “Follow the Leader ” with the Nasdaq Composite, heading into correction territory with as much as a 10% slide from its 52-week high.

5 Best-Performing ETFs Despite the Past Week's Volatility 1

Buried underneath the drop in stocks was the Commerce Department reporting that gross domestic product expanded by 3.5%, beating economic forecasts of 3.4% growth.

“It doesn’t take much for edgy investors who have made big profits to get off the fence and sell,” said investment strategist Hugh Johnson. "The recent market sell-off is a correction, driven by investors who think 'this is one heck of a long recovery.' Investors have taken an overly pessimistic view of a coming slowdown, so I expect the S&P to close this year higher than current levels as stocks have now become undervalued."

"The US economy is strong, with leading indicators - indicators that tell us where we are going, not where we have been — rising for 28 successive  months,”  Johnson added.

Despite all the market noise, here are five ETFs that yielded the highest returns within the past week.

1. Direxion Daily S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Bear 3x Shares (DRIP): 34.32%

DRIP seeks daily investment results equal to 300% of the inverse (or opposite) of the daily performance of the S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Select Industry Index. The fund invests in swap agreements, futures contracts, short positions or other financial instruments that, in combination, provide inverse (opposite) or short leveraged exposure to the index equal to at least 80% of the fund's net assets (plus borrowing for investment purposes). The index is designed to measure the performance of a sub-industry or group of sub-industries determined based on the Global Industry Classification Standards ("GICS").

2. Direxion Daily Natural Gas Related Bear 3X Shares (GASX): 31.24%

GASX seeks daily investment results worth 300% of the inverse of the daily performance of the ISE-Revere Natural Gas IndexTM. The fund, under normal circumstances, invests in swap agreements, futures contracts, short positions or other financial instruments that, in combination, provide inverse (opposite) or short leveraged exposure to the index equal to at least 80% of the fund's net assets (plus borrowing for investment purposes). The index is designed to take advantage of both event-driven news and long-term trends in the natural gas industry.

3. Direxion Daily Regional Banks Bear 3X Shares (WDRW): 24.35%

WDRW seeks daily investment results equal to 300% of the inverse of the daily performance of the S&P Regional Banks Select Industry Index. The fund invests in swap agreements, futures contracts, short positions or other financial instruments that, in combination, provide inverse or short leveraged exposure to the index equal to at least 80% of the fund's net assets (plus borrowing for investment purposes). The index is a modified equal-weighted index that is designed to measure performance of the stocks comprising the S&P Total Market Index that are classified in the GICS regional banks sub-industry.

4. ProShares UltraPro Short Nasdaq Biotechnology (ZBIO): 23.80%

ZBIO seeks daily investment results that correspond to three times the inverse (-3x) of the daily performance of the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index®. The fund invests in financial instruments that ProShare Advisors believes, in combination, should produce daily returns consistent with the fund's investment objective. The index is a modified capitalization weighted index that includes securities of the Nasdaq Stock Market listed companies that are classified as either biotechnology or pharmaceutical.

5. Direxion Daily Energy Bear 3X Shares (ERY): 23.51%

ERY seeks daily investment results equal to 300% of the inverse of the daily performance of the Energy Select Sector Index. The fund invests in swap agreements, futures contracts, short positions or other financial instruments that, in combination, provide inverse or short leveraged exposure to the index equal to at least 80% of the fund's net assets (plus borrowing for investment purposes). The index is provided by S&P Dow Jones Indices and includes domestic companies from the energy sector which includes the following industries: oil, gas and consumable fuels; and energy equipment and services.

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