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Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

The Internet HOLDRs (HHH) was one of Thursday's best gainers, climbing 4% to $48.77, as holding (AMZN) was adding 5.3%.

The PowerShares Dynamic Software (PSJ) ETF was another strong performer, recently up 35 cents, or 2.1%, to $17.45. Red Hat (BRCM), one of the ETF's major holdings, surged 9.8%.

ETFs tracking homebuilders edged higher after Susquehanna Financial upgraded homebuilder Pulte Homes (PHM) to neutral from negative, based on valuation.

The SPDR Homebuilders (XHB) ETF was gaining 57 cents, or 1.8%, to $32.15. The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction (ITB) 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) after Citigroup upgraded the chipmaker to buy from hold.

The iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor (IGW) was recently up 1.8% to $59.92, the Semiconductor HOLDRs (SMH) ETF was adding 1.5% to $33.43, the SPDR Semiconductor (XSD) was gaining 1.4% to $47.10 and the PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors (PSI) 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 (SLV) ETF was recently lower by 2.8% to $119.80, the PowerShares Dynamic Oil & Gas Services (PXJ) ETF was losing 2.4% to $19.51 and streetTRACKS Gold Shares (IDU) ETF was off 2.1% to $61.17.

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