Exchange-traded funds tracking silver were among Friday's best performers. Silver futures were adding 21 cents to $13.94 an ounce. The
iShares Silver Trust
was higher by $3.21, or 2.4%, to $138.80. The
PowerShares DB Silver
ETF was adding 52 cents, or 1.9%, to $27.36.
Gold-related ETFs were also on the rise. Recently, futures were up $7.40 to $695.70 an ounce. The
PowerShares DB Gold
ETF was gaining 47 cents, or 1.8%, to $27.39. The
streetTRACKS Gold Shares
was tacking on $1.09, or 1.6%, to $68.62. The
iShares Comex Gold Trust
was recently up $1.02, or 1.5%, to $68.67.
Bundled securities tracking homebuilders were also performing well. Among individual names,
were all higher by 1.7% or more.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction
ETF was gaining 67 cents, or 1.9%, to $36.75. The
SPDR S&P Homebuilders
was climbing 39 cents, or 1.1%, to $34.84.
On the flip side, semiconductor-related ETFs were losing ground. Chipmaker
said late Thursday that it quarterly loss was well below Wall Street's expectations.
SPDR S&P Semiconductor
ETF slipped 0.6% to $51.21. The
Ultra Semiconductor ProShares
ETF was losing 0.6% at $76.55. The
ETF was recently down 0.3% to $35.93. The
iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor
ETF was lower by 0.3% at $63.78.