Bundled securities tracking semiconductors were among the top performers Wednesday, as several chipmaker stocks supported a 0.4% advance in the
Among individual names,
Maxim Integrated Products
Advanced Micro Devices
were higher by 2.1% or more.
Ultra Semiconductor ProShares
was adding $2.97, or 3.6%, to $85.02. The
PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors
was rising 34 cents, or 1.8%, to $19.57. The
ETF was up 64 cents, or 1.7%, higher at $38.39. The
SPDR S&P Semiconductor
was recently up 37 cents, or 0.7%, to $53.46.
ETFs tracking the retail sector were also among the winners of Wednesday's session, courtesy of a jump in
. The electronics retailer added nearly 4% after announcing a new stock buyback plan of $5.5 billion. Best Buy said it will raise its quarterly dividend by 30% to 13 cents, in addition to the company's plans of opening another 400 stores in North America.
Other retail names were also on the rise.
was up 2.1%,
was gaining 1.8%,
SPDR S&P Retail
was higher by 80 cents, or 1.9%, to $43.58. The
was adding 88 cents, or 0.9%, to $104.72. The
PowerShares Dynamic Consumer Discretionary
tacked on 29 cents, or 1%, to $28.30.
On the flip side, insurance-related bundled securities were among few losers of the session. Among insurers,
were easing 1.3%, and both
Hartford Financial Services
The Chubb Corporation
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Insurance
was losing 47 cents, or 0.8%, to $55.64. The
PowerShares Dynamic Insurance
was down 11 cents, or 0.6%, to $18.91.