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Below are the 20 hottest ETFs at the close of March [Better late than never, right?] , based on the 6 month performance. These are not 'buy' recommendations or aggregate portfolios for investment. My favorite way to use this list is as a) to get a sense for the intermediate trends and b) as potential short-term trading opportunities (long or short), although I tend not to use leveraged funds. If you are comfortable using your own technical analysis that is the preferred way. Trend lines and support/resistance levels are some of the simplest and most powerful tools for analyzing price charts. An investor could also use proprietary trading signals combined with risk management techiniques such as those I profiled in-depth here.

Data includes leveraged ETFs and the data source is FINVIZ.com. For real time tracking of this list see the right hand side of my blog.

Ticker Company Free Trend Analysis Performance (Half Year) Year 200-Day SMA
BDD PowerShares DB Base Metals Dble Long ETN Here 51.32% 173.68% 28.71%
JJN iPath DJ-UBS Nickel TR Sub-Idx ETN Here 47.98% 151.43% 37.55%
DRN Direxion Daily Real Estate Bull 3X Shrs Here 38.36%
46.08%
UCC Ultra Consumer Services ProShares Here 35.49% 132.91% 34.19%
URE Ultra Real Estate ProShares Here 35.22% 237.76% 41.01%
FBT First Trust NYSE Arca Biotech Index Here 32.34% 89.98% 33.05%
UPRO UltraPro S&P500 ProShares Here 32.07%
29.86%
TNA Direxion Daily Small Cap Bull 3X Shares Here 32.06% 257.20% 43.28%
UXI Ultra Industrials ProShares Here 31.80% 173.49% 32.89%
SLX Market Vectors Steel ETF Here 31.39% 154.09% 26.42%
UYM Ultra Basic Materials ProShares Here 29.54% 200.42% 28.74%
JJC iPath DJ-UBS Copper TR Sub-Idx ETN Here 28.83% 86.70% 18.83%
PGM iPath DJ-UBS Platinum TR Sub-Idx ETN Here 28.80% 42.88% 14.63%
UKW Ultra Russell MidCap Growth ProShares Here 28.74% 148.26% 29.03%
UCO Ultra DJ-UBS Crude Oil ProShares Here 28.54% 55.11% 7.43%
PTM UBS E-TRACS Long Platinum TR ETN Here 28.51% 42.86% 17.65%
QLD Ultra QQQ ProShares Here 28.46% 142.28% 27.29%
IIH Internet Infrastructure HOLDRs Here 28.45% 52.82% 23.39%
JJM iPath DJ-UBS Ind Metals TR Sub-Idx ETN Here 28.38% 82.35% 19.35%
MVV Ultra MidCap400 ProShares Here 28.28% 152.56% 30.47%

Disclosure: No Positions

Source: March's Hottest ETFs