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Friday's ETF Winners & Losers

Internet-related funds led the way, buoyed by merger talks between Yahoo! and Microsoft.

Exchange-traded funds tracking the Internet sector were among the top performers of Friday's session, thanks to a potential blockbuster deal for Internet giant Yahoo! (YHOO) . According to the New York Post, Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Report wants Yahoo! to enter formal discussions for what the report said could be a $50 billion deal. Yahoo! was surging 18.4%.

Among other Internet names,

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Time Warner


were all higher by 2% or more.


Internet HOLDRs


was the best performer of the day, adding $3.21, or 5.3%, to $63.62. The

First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index

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was climbing 58 cents, or 2.3%, to $25.34. The

Internet Infrastructure HOLDRs


was gaining 9 cents, or 1.8%, at $5.15.


HealthShares Emerging Cancer


ETF was another of the day's winners. Shares of



surged nearly 12% ahead of the Food and Drug Administration's expected May 15 ruling on the company's Provenge drug.

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The ETF was recently up 72 cents, or 2.7%, to $27.30.

On the other hand, housing-related exchange-traded funds were among the biggest losers of Friday's session. Among individual names,

Beazer Homes

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dropped 2.4%,

Pulte Homes

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slumped 1.6%,

D.R. Horton

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was losing 1.1%, and

Toll Brothers

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eased 0.8%.


iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

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ETF was recently falling by 49 cents, or 1.3%, at $36.54. The

SPDR Homebuilders

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ETF was down 36 cents, or 1%, to $34.57.

Bundled securities tracking oil and gas services were also higher, despite a dip in crude prices. Recently, the front-month June contract was down 17 cents to $63.02 a barrel. Crude oil prices have now fallen more than 5% since last week's close.


Ultra Oil & Gas ProShares

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was adding $1.33, or 1.5%, to $88.33. The

SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment & Services

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ETF was recently up 48 cents, or 1.4%, to $34.76. The

Oil Services HOLDRs

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ETF gained $1.75, or 1.1%, to $162.95.