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Exchange-traded funds tracking gold and silver were among the best performers of Friday's session, as commodity futures soared.

Recently, gold prices were jumping by $10.20 to $750.10 an ounce. Silver was surging 29 cents to $13.94 an ounce.


Market Vectors Gold Miners

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ETF was higher by $1.20, or 2.7%, to $45.53. The

PowerShares DB Silver

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was up 58 cents, or 2.2%, to $27.10. The

iShares Silver Trust

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was climbing $2.79, or 2.1%, to $137.04. The

PowerShares DB Gold

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added 40 cents, or 1.4%, to $29.14.


PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bearish

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was also in positive territory as the euro was hitting yet another record high against the dollar, closing in on $1.42. The ETF was adding 17 cents, or 0.6%, to $27.41.

On the other hand, bundled securities tracking homebuilders were also among the biggest losers. Among individual names,

D.R. Horton

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KB Home

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Standard Pacific


were all lower.


iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

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was shedding 26 cents, or 1.3%, to $19.89. The

SPDR S&P Homebuilders

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was falling 20 cents, or 0.9%, to $21.42.

ETFs related to Asian markets were among the worst performers, despite a 2.8% rally overnight on the Chinese CSI 300 Index. Japan's Nikkei 225 eased 0.3% overnight, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng climbed 0.3%.


PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX China

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fell 42 cents, or 1.3%, to $33.30. The

iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index

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was lower by $2.46, or 1.4%, to $179.63. The

SPDR S&P China

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was slipping $1.09, or 1.1%, to $94.03. The

iShares MSCI Hong Kong Index

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was down 26 cents, or 1.2%, to $20.97.