NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Financial ETFs led the equity ETF category performance on Wednesday amid heightened interest in banking stocks.
The SPDR KBW Capital Markets ETF (KCE) which holds a 7% stake in State Street rose 3.76% to $31.72. Regional Bank HOLDRS (RKH) shot up 5.6% led by smart performance of J.P. Morgan (JPM - Get Report) and Wells Fargo (WFC - Get Report). The most actively traded financial sector ETF, Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF), rose 4.41%. SPDR KBW Bank (KBE) and iShares Dow Jones Financial Services (IYG) also rose.
Tech stocks also gained in the afternoon session. A prominent gainer among the tech ETFs was iShares S&P North American Tech- Semiconductors (IGW), gaining 5.3% thanks to advances from Intel (INTC), Texas Instruments (TXN) and Applied Materials (AMAT). The stocks gained after the Semiconductor Industry Association said that chip sales rose 48% from a year earlier.Retail ETFs were up ahead of Thursday's retail sales report. The market is expecting June same- store sales to rise by 3.2%, an increase for the 10th consecutive month. SPDR S&P Retail (XRT) rose 3.15%. Retail HOLDRS (RTH) , Vanguard Consumer Discretionary Fund (VCR) and SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB)also rose. China-focused ETFs were up, even amid concerns of a possible slowdown. The Global X China Consumer ETF (CHIQ) rose 2.28%, as a stronger Yuan is expected to benefit Chinese consumers. -- Reported by Shanthi Venkataraman in New York. Follow TheStreet.com on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.