Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

A fund focused on aerospace and defense was among the few winners in a down session.
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The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Aerospace & Defense

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exchange-traded fund was one of very few winners during a losing session Thursday, thanks to a gain in shares of

Boeing

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.

The aircraft company supported the ETF and kept the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

from slumping further into negative territory. Boeing reached an all-time high of $98.84 a share one day after CEO Jim McNerney backed the aerospace giant's outlook for the next two years. Boeing was recently up $2.56, or 2.7%, to $98.13. The rise buoyed the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF, which was adding 29 cents, or 0.5%, to $61.04.

Utility-related ETFs were among the biggest losers of the session. Among individual names,

FPL Group

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was down 3.3%,

Exelon

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slid 3.1%,

American Electric Power

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was lower by 2.7%, and

Duke Energy

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eased 1.5%.

The

Ultra Utilities ProShares

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was shedding $3.13, or 4%, to $88.87. The

Vanguard Utilities ETF

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lost $1.46, or 2%, to $86.69. The

Utility HOLDRs

(UTH)

was falling by $2.65, or 1.9%, to $147.32.

ETFs tracking metals and mining were also among the day's worst performers. Gold was recently lower by $7 to $655.60 an ounce, and silver was falling by 21 cents to $12.89 an ounce.

The

PowerShares DB Base Metals

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ETF was falling by 90 cents, or 3.1%, to $25.94. The

PowerShares DB Silver

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ETF was off 56 cents, or 2.2%, to $25.16. The

Market Vectors Gold Miners

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ETF was lower by 81 cents, or 2.1%, to $38.51. The

Market Vectors Steel

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ETF was down $1.18, or 1.8%, to $63.42.

Bundled securities tracking semiconductors were also losing ground. Various holdings were lower by 1% or more, including

Intel

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,

Maxim Integrated

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,

Xilinx

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, and

Advanced Micro Devices

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.

The

Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

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ETF was shedding $1.82, or 2.3%, at $76.92. The

SPDR S&P Semiconductor

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ETF eased 88 cents, or 1.7% to $51.01. The

Semiconductor HOLDRs

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ETF was recently down 39 cents, or 0.6%, to $36.23. The

PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors

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ETF was lower by 17 cents, or 1%, at $18.71.