exchange-traded fund was Friday's best performer, recently up 2.2%, as holding
Recently, the ETF was adding $1.77 to $82.68. Other health care-related ETFs were also rising on the news that Merck was raising its forecast. The
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Pharmaceuticals
ETF was ahead by 1.6% to $56.70, the
SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals
ETF was climbing 1.3% to $36.49, and the
iShares S&P Global Healthcare
ETF was gaining 1.2% to $59.94.
ETFs tracking metals and mining were also among the day's winners. Gold was recently higher by $7.90 to $687.60 an ounce, and silver was tacking on 21 cents to $14.07 an ounce.
Market Vectors Gold Miners
ETF was gaining 1.7% to $41.97. The
iShares Silver Trust
was higher by 1.3% to $139.91. The
iShares Comex Gold Trust
ETF was adding 1.2% to $67.86, and the
streetTRACKS Gold Shares
ETF was rising 1.1% to $67.72.
On the flip side, a volatile week for bundled securities tracking homebuilders continued, as housing-related ETFs retreated following the previous session's advance.
Among individual housing names,
was recently lower by 2.4%,
was down 2.2%,
was losing 1.3%, and
was falling 1.4%.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction
ETF was shedding 46 cents, or 1.3%, at $34.36. The
ETF was down 39 cents, or 1.2%, to $32.76.
Semiconductor ETFs were under pressure a day after
reduced its forecast for fiscal fourth-quarter shipment growth to a range of 10% to 15%, compared with previous estimates of a 25% rise.
While Lam was trading higher, other chip names were losing ground.
was off 2%,
Advanced Micro Devices
was falling 1.3%,
slid 1.1%, and
was weaker by 1%.
Among semiconductor ETFs, the
Ultra Semiconductor ProShares
ETF shed 1% to $70.37. The
was off 0.9% to $34.33.
PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors
was down 0.7% at $18.25, and the
iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor
was lower by 0.6% to $61.66.