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Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

Biotech and semiconductor funds continued to perform well.


Biotech HOLDRs

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


(AMGN) - Get Amgen Inc. 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

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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

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was climbing 1.4% to $25.62. The

iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology

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was higher by 1.3% at $81.54.

Semiconductor-related ETFs were also among winners. Earlier,



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

Linear Technology


added 3.9%,

Maxim Integrated Products

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was higher by 2.7%, and


(INTC) - Get Intel Corporation Report

was recently up 2.3%.


Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

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ETF was adding 3.3% at $77.66. The

SPDR S&P Semiconductor

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ETF gained 2% to $51.78. The

Semiconductor HOLDRs

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ETF was recently up 1.7% to $36.20. The

iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor


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

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was losing 2.4% to $26.85. The

iShares Silver Trust

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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


iPath Goldman Sachs Crude Oil Index

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

United States Oil

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