The first quarter of 2013 has come to an end, and the results are nothing short of unbelievable. This time last year, the S&P 500 was up 3.1% — its best first-quarter gain since 1998. By any metric, 2013 has seen a first quarter like no other.
Whether it stays that way is the million-dollar question.
Given the Q1 results, one would assume that most non-leveraged, non-inverse ETFs did well the past three months. They did. However, like all markets, some did spectacularly, while others … not so much.
To present a wide variety of good and bad ETFs, I’ve separated my choices by volume, with “high” being anything over 1 million shares in average daily volume, “medium” being funds trading between 500,000 and 1 million, with “low” representing those with volume below 500,000. That said, here are some winners and the losers from the past quarter: