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This Week's ETF Winners & Losers

Funds tracking financials ended the week in the black, despite mixed earnings.

Exchange-traded funds related to financials were among the best performers of a winning week, despite mixed earnings reports from key names in the sector.

On Wednesday,

Merrill Lynch


sank sector ETFs, following its greater-than-expected $7.9 billion writedown due to the credit crisis. The stock, however, rebounded Friday on rumors CEO Stan O'Neal would be forced out of the position.

Countrywide Financial's


rosy guidance on Friday also buoyed financial names, helping the stock to finish the week higher.


Ultra Financial ProShares

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added 5.2% to $54.79. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker-Dealers

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was higher by 5.1% to $53.93. The

KBW Bank

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ETF rose 3% to $51.02.

Energy-related ETFs were also among the winners, as crude set multiple records during the week. The December benchmark contract touched a high of $92.22 a barrel on Friday. Crude ultimately added 5.6% over the course of the week to close at $91.86.


United States Oil

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added 6% to $71.17. The

iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Index

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ETF finished up 5.9% to $52.66.

ETFs tracking Internet and software stocks were also higher for the week, following strong reports from


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Akamai Technologies

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, among others.


Internet HOLDRs


gained 4.3% over the five sessions to $67.28. The

First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index

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added 3.3% to $27.78. The

iShares S&P GSTI Software

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ended up 2.2% to $52.24.

On the other hand, chip-related ETFs were the week's worst decliners, following gloomy earnings releases from

Texas Instruments

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, and


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Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

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ETF slipped 7.2% to $79.24. The

Semiconductor HOLDRs

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ETF slid 5.2% to $33.79. The

PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors

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ETF was down 2.6% to $17.85.