Several Latin America ETFs jumped Thursday as results from Mexico's presidential election reportedly showed ruling-party candidate Felipe Calderon as holding the lead in votes. The
iShares MSCI Mexico Index
fund was up $1.36, or 4%, to $39.36, while shares of
iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index
rose $2.59, or 2%, to $139.15. Shares in the
iShares MSCI Brazil Index
, meanwhile, were trading up 59 cents, or 2%, to $39.06.
Retailers were on the move after chain stores posted June same-store sales data. As a whole, retail sales came in on the light side for the month, with particularly lackluster results from bellwethers
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Shares in the
Retail HOLDRs Trust
were recently trading down 17 cents to $93.26. The
Consumer Discretionary SPDR
ETF rose 1 cent to $33.14. The
PowerShares Dynamic Retail
ETF slipped 7 cents to $17.01.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Goods
ETF rose 1% after
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and other tobacco companies received a favorable court ruling in Florida that reversed a $145 billion punitive damages award against the industry. Altria was higher by $3.81 to $77.14. The iShares consumer goods ETF, which has Altria as its No. 2 holding, was recently trading up 57 cents to $53.87. The
Vanguard Consumer Staples VIPER
Consumer Staples SPDR
, which also have Altria as a major holding, were each up 1% as well.
Concerns over North Korea's continued rhetoric about past and future missile launches didn't hurt enthusiasm for ETFs that track companies that do business in the region. Shares of
iShares FTSE/Xinhau China 25 Index
were trading up $1.88, or 2%, to $77.82. The
iShares MSCI Japan Index
ETF rose 17 cents to $13.59. And the
iShares MSCI Hong Kong Index
was trading up 16 cents to $13.61.