Bundled securities tracking semiconductors were among the best performers of a holiday-shortened week, as names like
Ultra Semiconductor ProShares
added 4.4% to $80.04. The
SPDR S&P Semiconductor
ETF rose 3% to $52.78, and the
iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor
ETF climbed 2.4% to $65.09. The
finished 2% higher at $36.98.
ETFs tracking silver were also among the week's winners, as silver futures jumped 5.7% to close Friday at $13.74 an ounce. The
iShares Silver Trust
climbed 5.9% to $136.34. The
PowerShares DB Silver
ETF added 5.5% to $26.92.
Gold-related ETFs also rose over the four sessions. Futures ended higher by 2.4% at $671.20 an ounce. The
Market Vectors Gold Miners
ETF advanced 4.7% to $40.07. The
iShares Comex Gold Trust
closed higher by 2.4% to $66.56, and the
streetTRACKS Gold Shares
ETF gained 2.3% to end at $66.44.
Securities tracking crude oil also rose, even after the front-month July contract had a rough start to the week. Crude oil dropped more than $2 on Tuesday, and finished the week with a loss of 12 cents at $65.08 a barrel.
Ultra Oil & Gas ProShares
added 3.5% to $97.24. The
SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production
ETF ended the week up 2.8% to $47.01. The
SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
ETF gained 2% to $36.15.
Housing ETFs suffered many pitfalls during the week, including Friday's weak report on pending home sales, as well as a disappointing fiscal second-quarter earnings report from
For the week, the
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction
ETF fell 1.7% to finish at $36.70. The
ETF shed 0.8% to $35.25.