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Our Take on This Year's Hottest-Performing ETFs

Tread wisely with these specialized exchange-traded funds.

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90-degrees and humid. Welcome to Chicago in mid-August.

Perhaps it's heat on the brain that has us straining for metaphors, but with the dog days of summer upon us, we thought we'd run through a short list of some of this year's hottest-performing ETFs.

Overall, this has been a great year for ETFs targeting heavy manufacturing, metals, as well as emerging-markets stocks. On the flipside, internet- and homebuilder-related ETFs have gotten crushed and woe to investors who have bet against the price of crude oil or the Nasdaq 100 Index (Claymore Macroshares Oil Down (DCR) and Ultrashort QQQ ProShares (QID), respectively).

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Jeffrey Ptak has a position in the following securities mentioned above: AMAT. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.