iShares Dow Jones U.S. Aerospace & Defense
exchange-traded fund was one of very few winners during a losing session Thursday, thanks to a gain in shares of
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,
was down 3.3%,
American Electric Power
was lower by 2.7%, and
Ultra Utilities ProShares
was shedding $3.13, or 4%, to $88.87. The
Vanguard Utilities ETF
lost $1.46, or 2%, to $86.69. The
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.
PowerShares DB Base Metals
ETF was falling by 90 cents, or 3.1%, to $25.94. The
PowerShares DB Silver
ETF was off 56 cents, or 2.2%, to $25.16. The
Market Vectors Gold Miners
ETF was lower by 81 cents, or 2.1%, to $38.51. The
Market Vectors Steel
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
Advanced Micro Devices
Ultra Semiconductor ProShares
ETF was shedding $1.82, or 2.3%, at $76.92. The
SPDR S&P Semiconductor
ETF eased 88 cents, or 1.7% to $51.01. The
ETF was recently down 39 cents, or 0.6%, to $36.23. The
PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors
ETF was lower by 17 cents, or 1%, at $18.71.