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Below are the 20 hottest ETFs at the close on May 28th, based on the 6 month performance. These are not 'buy' recommendations or aggregate portfolios for investment. My favorite way to use this list is 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. Despite the market pullback last month, the list still has some levered long equity based ETFs in the small cap and real estate realm along with short ETFs, primarily focused on Europe. It will be interesting to see the list at the start of next month...
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 Perform-ance (Half Year) Year 200-Day SMA Price
DRN Direxion Daily Real Estate Bull 3X Shrs Here 51.08%
20.28% 42.83
DRR Market Vectors Double Short Euro ETN Here 49.32% 27.96% 28.08% 55.65
EUO ProShares UltraShort Euro Here 48.89% 26.96% 27.87% 24.91
AGA PowerShares DB Agriculture Dble Shrt ETN Here 42.35% 47.92% 25.47% 50.96
BHH B2B Internet HOLDRs Here 37.25% 77.10% 24.19% 0.55
IIH Internet Infrastructure HOLDRs Here 36.40% 40.52% 23.55% 3.26
FAA Claymore/NYSE Arca Airline Here 34.30% 75.45% 11.86% 33.44
URE ProShares Ultra Real Estate Here 34.11% 113.09% 17.96% 39.87
JFT KEYnotes First Trust Enh 130/30 LgCp ETN Here 33.73% 22.98% 2.88% 28.9
TNA Direxion Daily Small Cap Bull 3X Shares Here 31.29% 102.10% 7.58% 48.04
DPK Direxion Daily Dev Mkts Bear 3X Shrs Here 27.81% -41.19% 15.58% 18.89
EPV ProShares UltraShort MSCI Europe Here 27.59%
13.00% 26.5
UVT ProShares Ultra Russell2000 Value Here 25.24% 74.09% 8.67% 24.86
SAA ProShares Ultra SmallCap600 Here 25.08% 70.27% 9.21% 34.36
REZ iShares FTSE NAREIT Resid Plus Cp Idx Here 23.00% 60.82% 16.87% 35.3
UWM ProShares Ultra Russell2000 Here 22.32% 67.42% 7.71% 31.24
JJN iPath DJ-UBS Nickel TR Sub-Idx ETN Here 22.16% 50.65% 5.69% 31.26
FRI First Trust S&P REIT Idx Here 21.14% 61.98% 13.18% 13.12
ICF iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Here 21.02% 59.86% 13.55% 58.43
EFU ProShares UltraShort MSCI EAFE Here 20.59% -27.48% 12.75% 45.33

Disclosure: No positions

Source: May's 20 Hottest ETFs