was one of Thursday's best gainers, climbing 4% to $48.77, as holding
(AMZN - Get Report)
was adding 5.3%.
PowerShares Dynamic Software
ETF was another strong performer, recently up 35 cents, or 2.1%, to $17.45.
, one of the ETF's major holdings, surged 9.8%.
ETFs tracking homebuilders edged higher after Susquehanna Financial upgraded homebuilder
(PHM - Get Report)
to neutral from negative, based on valuation.
ETF was gaining 57 cents, or 1.8%, to $32.15. The
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction
ETF was adding 53 cents, or 1.5%, to $36.13.
Bundled securities tracking the semiconductor sector were higher for a fourth-straight session following another climb in the Philadelphia Semiconductor Sector Index. For the week, the index has risen by nearly 11%. On Thursday, help came from an 8.7% jump in
Advanced Micro Devices
(AMD - Get Report)
after Citigroup upgraded the chipmaker to buy from hold.
iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor
was recently up 1.8% to $59.92, the
ETF was adding 1.5% to $33.43, the
was gaining 1.4% to $47.10 and the
PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors
ETF was higher by 1.3% to $16.85.
Meanwhile, ETFs related to commodities were among the day's decliners, as crude, gold and silver prices plummeted. The
iShares Silver Trust
ETF was recently lower by 2.8% to $119.80, the
PowerShares Dynamic Oil & Gas Services
ETF was losing 2.4% to $19.51 and
streetTRACKS Gold Shares
ETF was off 2.1% to $61.17.