was one of Monday's top performers, as holding
broke out to a new 52-week high of $20.62, a gain of 4.3%.
The increase comes ahead of the chipmaker's second-quarter earnings report, due after Tuesday's close. Analysts expect Applied Materials to post a profit of 28 cents a share, according to Thomson Financial.
Recently, the Semiconductor HOLDRs was adding 17 cents, or 0.5%, to $38.15. Meanwhile, the
iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor
ETF tacked on 0.1% to $66.18, while
Ultra Semiconductor ProShares
lost 0.2% and
PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors
Also among winners was the
HealthShares Emerging Cancer
ETF, rebounding slightly from the previous week's 16% decline. Holding
, which plummeted 68.5% last week after the Food and Drug Administration said it required more test data for the company's Provenge drug, was recently up 4%.
The HealthShares Emerging Cancer ETF was recently climbing by 37 cents, or 1.6%, to $22.91.
On the losing side, bundled securities tracking silver and gold were among the worst performers. Silver futures dipped 12 cents to $13.18 an ounce. Gold futures gave back early gains and was recently lower by $3.30 to $669 an ounce.
PowerShares DB Base Metals
ETF was losing 2.9% to $27.63. The
iShares Silver Trust
was down 0.5% to $130.83. The
PowerShares DB Silver
ETF was recently lower by 0.9% to $25.81. The
Market Vectors Gold Miners
slipped 0.7% to $39.47.
B2B Internet HOLDRs
ETF was also among the losers of the day as holding
Internet Capital Group
slumped 3% and
slid 1.4%. The ETF was off 2 cents, or 1%, to $2.09.