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.
iShares Silver Trust
ETF was rising by 4.7% to $130.04, and the
Market Vectors Gold Miners
ETF was gaining 4.2% to $39.88. The
streetTRACKS Gold Shares
ETF was recently up 3% to $62.97, while the
iShares COMEX Gold Trust
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,
was adding 2.4%,
was rising by 2.2%, and
was up 1.9%.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration Index
ETF was gaining 1.6% to $49.58. The
SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment Services
ETF was recently up 1.4% to $29.93. The
PowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration
ETF was rising by 1.2% to $19.13. The
Oil Services HOLDRs
ETF was higher by 1.1% to $141.50.
On the flip side, the
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.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Healthcare
ETF was losing 2.4%, the
Health Care Select Sector SPDR
ETF was lower by 2.4%, and the
ETF was down 2.3%.
Also among decliners, the
B2B Internet HOLDRs
ETF was falling 1.2% as holding
was losing 2.2%. The ETF was down 2 cents to $2.16.