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Dynegy Deal Lifts Utility ETFs

Utility ETFs are rising on Friday amid lackluster trading in stocks.

NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- Utility ETFs rose on Friday amid lackluster trading in stocks. Blackstone's buyout of

Dynegy

(DYN)

and overall weakness in sentiment lifted demand.

The buyout of Dynegy by Blackstone sent the stock soaring nearly 60%, helping to lift other utility stocks. Uncertainty about economic growth also pushed investors towards the sector, traditionally viewed as safe-haven equity stocks because of their high dividend yield.

The

Utilities Select Sector SPDR

(XLU) - Get Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund Report

is gaining 0.9%, with its top holdings

Southern Company

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and

Exelon Corp

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gaining about 0.9% each.

Also gaining is the

iShares Dow Jones US Utilities ETF

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, up 0.6% and the

Vanguard Utilities Index

(VPU) - Get Vanguard Utilities ETF Report

is up 0.7%.

Treasury ETFs continue to be popular with investors with the

iShares Barclays 20+Year Treasury

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gaining 1%. The 10-year bond yield slid to 2.704%.

Other ETFs gaining on Friday include the

Market Vectors Gaming ETF

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up 0.6% and

Market Vector Solar ETF

(KWT)

up 0.5%.

-- Reported by Shanthi Venkataraman in New York.

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