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Friday's ETF Winners & Losers

Exchange-traded funds tracking the Internet sector were among the top performers Friday, as several individual names supported a jump in the tech sector.

Internet stocks were led higher by a 3.6% gain in BEA Systems (BEAS). Elsewhere, VeriSign (VRSN) was up 2.1%, Google (GOOG) was higher by 1.6%, and EarthLink (ELNK) tacked on 1.3%.

The Internet Infrastructure HOLDRs (IIH) was the best performer of the Internet ETFs, recently up 12 cents, or 2.4%, to $5.17. The First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index (FDN) was higher by 18 cents, or 0.7%, at $25.62. The Internet HOLDRs (HHH) was climbing 17 cents, or 0.3%, at $61.39.

Energy-related ETFs were also among the best performers of a winning session Friday, as the front-month July crude contract was up 45 cents to $64.63 a barrel.

The Ultra Oil & Gas ProShares (DIG) was higher by $1.85, or 2%, to $93.25. The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services (XES) ETF was adding 37 cents, or 1.1%, to $35.28. The Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) ETF gained 87 cents, or 1.3%, to $67.53. The SPDR Oil & Gas Exploration & Production (XOP) ETF was recently up 54 cents, or 1.2%, to $45.55.

Bundled securities following the housing sector were among the biggest decliners of the session. Earlier, the National Association of Realtors said that existing-home sales eased 2.6% in April to a rate of 5.99 million annualized units, compared with 6.12 million units in March. The decline was greater than economists anticipated. The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction (ITB) ETF was recently losing 50 cents, or 1.3%, at $37.04. The SPDR Homebuilders (XHB) ETF was down 44 cents, or 1.2%, to $35.31.

Utility-related ETFs were also among the losers of the session. Among individual names, Southern Co. (SO) was down 1.1%, Duke Energy (DUK) eased 1.3%, and Edison International (EIX) slid 1%.

The Ultra Utilities ProShares (UPW) was shedding 94 cents, or 1.1%, to $86.07. The Utility HOLDRs (UTH) was falling by $1.09, or 0.8%, to $145.10. The Vanguard Utilities ETF (VPU) lost 42 cents, or 0.5%, to $85.38.

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