Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

Commodity funds are stronger.
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Commodity related exchange-traded funds were Thursday's best performers as gold futures surged $18.50 to $636.80 an ounce. In addition, silver jumped 50 cents to close at $13.05 an ounce.

The

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get Report

ETF was rising by 4.7% to $130.04, and the

Market Vectors Gold Miners

(GDX) - Get Report

ETF was gaining 4.2% to $39.88. The

streetTRACKS Gold Shares

(GLD) - Get Report

ETF was recently up 3% to $62.97, while the

iShares COMEX Gold Trust

(IAU) - Get Report

ETF was adding 3% to $63.

Bundled securities tracking energy were also stronger, as oil jumped $1.13 in price to $60.96 a barrel. Among individual names,

Valero

(VLO) - Get Report

was adding 2.4%,

Hess

(HES) - Get Report

was rising by 2.2%, and

ConocoPhillips

(COP) - Get Report

was up 1.9%.

The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration Index

(IEZ) - Get Report

ETF was gaining 1.6% to $49.58. The

SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment Services

(XES) - Get Report

ETF was recently up 1.4% to $29.93. The

PowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration

(PXE) - Get Report

ETF was rising by 1.2% to $19.13. The

Oil Services HOLDRs

(OIH) - Get Report

ETF was higher by 1.1% to $141.50.

On the flip side, the

Pharmaceutical HOLDRs

(PPH) - Get Report

ETF was among the worst performer amid fears that Democrats will change Medicare prescription benefits so the government can negotiate lower drug prices directly with drugmakers. The ETF was losing $2.19, or 2.8%, to $74.98.

Elsewhere, the

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Healthcare

(IYH) - Get Report

ETF was losing 2.4%, the

Health Care Select Sector SPDR

(XLV) - Get Report

ETF was lower by 2.4%, and the

Biotech HOLDRs

(BBH) - Get Report

ETF was down 2.3%.

Also among decliners, the

B2B Internet HOLDRs

(BHH)

ETF was falling 1.2% as holding

CheckFree

(CKFR)

was losing 2.2%. The ETF was down 2 cents to $2.16.