Friday's ETF Winners & Losers

Health care ETFs are rising.
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Pharmaceutical HOLDRs

(PPH) - Get Report

exchange-traded fund was Friday's best performer, recently up 2.2%, as holding


(MRK) - Get Report


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

(IHE) - Get Report

ETF was ahead by 1.6% to $56.70, the

SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals

(XPH) - Get Report

ETF was climbing 1.3% to $36.49, and the

iShares S&P Global Healthcare

(IXJ) - Get Report

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

(GDX) - Get Report

ETF was gaining 1.7% to $41.97. The

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get Report

was higher by 1.3% to $139.91. The

iShares Comex Gold Trust

(IAU) - Get Report

ETF was adding 1.2% to $67.86, and the

streetTRACKS Gold Shares

(GLD) - Get Report

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,

D.R. Horton

(DHI) - Get Report

was recently lower by 2.4%,

Meritage Homes

(MTH) - Get Report

was down 2.2%,


(HOV) - Get Report

was losing 1.3%, and


(LEN) - Get Report

was falling 1.4%.


iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

(ITB) - Get Report

ETF was shedding 46 cents, or 1.3%, at $34.36. The

SPDR Homebuilders

(XHB) - Get Report

ETF was down 39 cents, or 1.2%, to $32.76.

Semiconductor ETFs were under pressure a day after

Lam Research

(LRCX) - Get Report

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.


(KLAC) - Get Report

was off 2%,

Advanced Micro Devices

(AMD) - Get Report

was falling 1.3%,


(MU) - Get Report

slid 1.1%, and

Applied Materials

(AMAT) - Get Report

was weaker by 1%.

Among semiconductor ETFs, the

Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

(USD) - Get Report

ETF shed 1% to $70.37. The

Semiconductors HOLDRs

(SMH) - Get Report

was off 0.9% to $34.33.


PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors

(PSI) - Get Report

was down 0.7% at $18.25, and the

iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor


was lower by 0.6% to $61.66.