Friday's ETF Winners & Losers
Exchange-traded funds tracking Asian markets were the best performers of Friday's session following an overnight rally.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng surged 3.2%, and markets in Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore finished higher as well.
The iShares FTSE/Xinhau China 25 Index (FXI) was rising $6.90, or 3.8%, to $188.10. The iShares MSCI Hong Kong Index (EWH) added 75 cents, or 3.6%, to $21.49. The SPDR S&P China (GXC) was up $3.21, or 3.4%, to $97.36. The PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX China (PGJ) was gaining $1.07, or 3.2%, to $34.23.
The Wireless HOLDRs (WMH) was also among the top performers of the day, thanks to Research In Motion's (RIMM) earnings report after Thursday's close. The BlackBerry maker posted fiscal second-quarter results that were in line with Wall Street's estimates. The ETF was up $2.01, or 2.7%, to $77.69.ETFs tracking the basic materials sector were also trading higher thanks to a rally in Alcoa (AA). After Thursday's close, Alcoa said it would incur a charge of $845 million in the third quarter due to restructuring costs. The company expects to sell its packaging and consumer businesses by next year. The stock was recently up 3.1%. The Ultra Basic Materials ProShares (UYM) was climbing $2.84, or 3%, to $99.03. The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials (IYM) gained $1.06, or 1.4%, to $75. The PowerShares FTSE RAFI Basic Materials (PRFM) was up 99 cents, or 1.5%, to $68.30. On the other hand, Treasury-related ETFs were among few losers of the day, following a stronger-than-expected jobs report. The Labor Department's report said that the U.S. economy added 110,000 workers last month. Economists had expected 100,000 jobs to be added last month. August's number was revised higher and now shows a gain of 89,000 jobs. Last month, the Labor Department said 4,000 jobs were lost. Recently, the 10-year note was dropping 31/32 in price, cutting the yield to 4.64%. The 30-year bond was adding 1 28/32 in price, yielding 4.88%. The iShares Lehman 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) slid $1.37, or 1.5%, to $87.87. The Vanguard Long-Term Bond (BLV) was down 79 cents, or 1.1%, to $74.47. The iShares Lehman 10-20 Year Treasury Bond (TLH) was losing $1.06, or 1.1%, to $100.34.
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