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Wednesday's ETF Winners & Losers

Exchange-traded funds tracking the financial sector were among the few winners of Wednesday's session, thanks to advances in several broker names.

Recently, Bear Stearns (BSC), Charles Schwab (SCHW), CME Group (CME) and Morgan Stanley (MS) were all higher by 1.5% or more.

The Ultra Financials ProShares (UYG) was rising $1, or 1.8%, to $57.30. The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker-Dealers (IAI) was up 76 cents, or 1.5%, to $51.48. The KBW Regional Banking (KRE) added 58 cents, or 1.3%, to $44.76. The WisdomTree International Financial (DRF) was gaining 30 cents, or 1.1%, to $28.47.

Bundled securities related to the semiconductor sector were also higher. National Semiconductor (NSM), Intel (INTC) and Texas Instruments (TXN) were all higher by 1% or more.

The Ultra Semiconductor ProShares (USD) rose $1.61, or 1.8%, to $89.96. The SPDR S&P Semiconductor (XSD) was up 75 cents, or 1.4%, to $55.69. The PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors (PSI) was adding 17 cents, or 0.9%, to $19.02.

On the other hand, ETFs tracking gold and silver were among the worst performers of Wednesday's session. Recently, gold prices were losing $4.60 to $734.20 an ounce. Silver was down 13 cents to $13.48 an ounce. Copper and other precious metals were also lower.

The Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) was down 64 cents, or 1.4%, to $43.95. The iShares Silver Trust (SLV) eased 74 cents, or 0.6%, to $132.93. The iShares Comex Gold Trust (IAU) was losing 22 cents, or 0.3%, to $72.24.

Bundled securities tracking homebuilders were also among the biggest losers. Among individual names, D.R. Horton (DHI), Lennar (LEN), Standard Pacific (SPF) and Meritage Homes (MTH) were losing 1.4% or more.

The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction (ITB) was shedding 23 cents, or 1.1%, to $20.25. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders (XHB) was falling 22 cents, or 1%, to $21.43.

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