Bundled securities tracking precious metals were the strongest performers Thursday.

Glamis Gold

(GLG) - Get Report

surged 20% after the company said it would be acquired by Canada's

Goldcorp

(GG)

for $8.6 billion in stock.

The

streetTRACKS Gold Shares

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ETF was tacking on 65 cents, or 1.1%, to $62.07, and the

iShares Comex Gold Trust

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ETF was tacking on 58 cents, or 1%, to $62.14. In addition, the

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get Report

ETF was recently up $3.48, or 2.8%, to $128.59.

ETFs related to housing construction were also on the rise, rebounding from the previous session. On Wednesday, JPMorgan Chase downgraded homebuilder

Hovnanian

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to neutral from overweight, pressuring the homebuilding sector.

The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

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ETF was adding 1.7% to $35.91, while the

SPDR Homebuilders

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ETF was higher by 0.8% to $31.41.

In addition, utility-tracking ETFs were stronger. The

PowerShares Dynamic Utilities

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was higher by 1%, while both the

Utilities Select Sector SPDR

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and the

Utilities HOLDRs

(PUI) - Get Report

ETFs were gaining 0.9%.

Losers included the

B2B Internet HOLDRs

( BHH), which sank 2.4% to $2.01 after holding

Agile Software

( AGIL) dropped 4%.

The

Broadband HOLDRs

( BDH) was falling by 1.8% to $16.74 as major holding

JDS Uniphase

(JDSU)

plummeted nearly 15%. The optical-parts maker posted in-line fourth-quarter earnings but issued a first-quarter revenue projection below expectations.