Friday's ETF Winners & Losers

Energy-exploration funds gain.
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Bundled securities tracking energy exploration were among Friday's top performers, even as crude prices sank to a 17-month low. Recently, oil was losing 22 cents to $56.04 a barrel, rebounding from a low of $54.86 earlier in the session.

The

SPDR Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

(XOP) - Get Report

ETF was gaining 1.8% to $38.61. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration Index

(IEO) - Get Report

ETF was higher by 1.2% to $48.80, and the

PowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration

(PXE) - Get Report

ETF was adding 1.2% to $18.80.

Elsewhere, mining-related ETFs were also stronger. The

SPDR Metals & Mining

(XME) - Get Report

ETF was higher by 2.4% to $47.52. The

Market Vectors Gold Miners

(GDX) - Get Report

ETF was gaining 0.4% to $37.46.

Also among winners, the

Telecom HOLDRs

(TTH)

exchange-traded fund was stronger as hope grew that the pending acquisition deal between major holdings

AT&T

(T) - Get Report

and

BellSouth

(BLS)

will be approved by the Federal Communications Commission. The Telecom HOLDRs was up 29 cents, or 0.9%, to $33.47.

Among losers, the

PowerShares Dynamic Hardware & Consumer Electronics

(PHW)

ETF sank 1.2% to $17.47. Holding

Hewlett-Packard

(HPQ) - Get Report

fell 1%.

The

SPDR Retail

(XRT) - Get Report

ETF was losing ground after

Foot Locker

(FL) - Get Report

denied it was exploring options in an attempt to sell the company, sinking shares by 4%. The SPDR Retail ETF was losing 45 cents, or 1.1%, to $41.23.