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Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

Biotech and semiconductor funds continued to perform well.
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The

Biotech HOLDRs

(BBH) - Get Report

exchange-traded fund was one of the session's best performers Thursday. Holding

Amgen

(AMGN) - Get Report

rose 5% after its Aranesp anemia drug did not contribute to the deaths of patients in a Phase III lung cancer trial.

Fellow holding

Gilead Sciences

(GILD) - Get Report

reported a 55% jump in first-quarter earnings from a year ago, topping Wall Street's consensus forecast. Gilead was recently higher by $3.38, or 4.3%, at $81.81. The Biotech HOLDRs ETF was adding $3.89, or 2.1%, to $186.47.

Other bundled securities tracking biotech were performing well. The

First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index

(FBT) - Get Report

was climbing 1.4% to $25.62. The

iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology

(IBB) - Get Report

was higher by 1.3% at $81.54.

Semiconductor-related ETFs were also among winners. Earlier,

Intersil

(ISIL)

posted a 2% rise in first-quarter profit, and the stock was adding 8%. Among other individual names,

Linear Technology

(LLTC)

added 3.9%,

Maxim Integrated Products

(MXIM) - Get Report

was higher by 2.7%, and

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

was recently up 2.3%.

The

Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

(USD) - Get Report

ETF was adding 3.3% at $77.66. The

SPDR S&P Semiconductor

(XSD) - Get Report

ETF gained 2% to $51.78. The

Semiconductor HOLDRs

(SMH) - Get Report

ETF was recently up 1.7% to $36.20. The

iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor

(IGW)

ETF was higher by 1.3% at $64.42.

Meanwhile, ETFs tracking silver were among the day's losers. Silver futures were losing 31 cents to $13.66 an ounce. The

PowerShares DB Silver

(DBS) - Get Report

was losing 2.4% to $26.85. The

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get Report

was lower by 1.8% to $136.26.

Energy-related ETFs were falling as crude oil slumped in a volatile session. May oil futures were tumbling $1.40 to $61.73 a barrel

The

iPath Goldman Sachs Crude Oil Index

(OIL) - Get Report

was giving back 49 cents, or 1.3%, to $36.20. The

United States Oil

(USO) - Get Report

ETF was lower by 66 cents, or 1.3%, to $49.48.