ETF Trends
ETF Trends

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in alternative-energy sectors continue to climb as investors remain focused on Japan’s nuclear disaster.

The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) was up 26.7% for the month ended April 1, according to Morningstar.

First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy Index Fund (NYSEArca: FAN) and PowerShares Global Wind Energy Portfolio (NasdaqGM: PWND) gained about 16% over the same period. [ETF Spotlight: First Trust ISE Global Wind.]

Both ETFs are small with less than $100 million in assets but the wind-energy funds were among the top percentage gainers last month. [March ETF Performance Report.]

Supply disruptions in the Middle East have also provided a tailwind for alternative-energy ETFs. [Two Direct ETF Plays For Wind Technology.]

The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of John Spence, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed as an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation for any product.