Bundled securities tracking commodities were the top performers Thursday. Gold futures rose $8.50 to close at $627.80 an ounce, and silver added 17.5 cents to $12.65 an ounce.
Market Vectors Gold Miners
ETF rose 1.5% to $38.61. The
iShares COMEX Gold Trust
ETF was adding 1.1% to $62.04, and the
streetTRACKS Gold Shares
ETF was recently up 1% to $61.96. The
iShares Silver Trust
ETF gained 0.9% to $125.54.
Also among winners, the
ETF gained 1.6% thanks to advances of 3% or more in holdings
. The ETF was rising by 84 cents to $52.94.
Elsewhere, retail ETFs were slumping after the release of October same-store sales. Among chain stores with disappointing results were
ETF was falling by 1.3% to $97.31. The
PowerShares Dynamic Retail
ETF was losing 0.8% to $18.51. The
ETF was recently down 0.7% to $40.20.
Bundled securities tracking utilities were also performing poorly as
sank 3.2%. The company announced it will pursue the sale of its oil and natural gas exploration assets on Wednesday.
ETF was losing 0.7% to $129.03, and the
Utilities Select Sector SPDR
was down 0.6% to $35.79.