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Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

The Broadband HOLDRs is rising.


Broadband HOLDRs


exchange-traded fund was one of the best performers of Thursday's session, aided by a broker upgrade of one of its main holdings.

Earlier, Lehman Brothers raised its rating for



to overweight from equal-weight, citing improvements in the company's phone unit. Shares of Motorola were adding 2.7%

The Broadband HOLDRs was higher by 22 cents, or 1.5%, at $14.90.

Other tech-related ETFs were also trading higher, benefiting not only from Motorola's gain but increases in


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, all of which helped the

Nasdaq Composite

overcome early weakness.


First Trust Nasdaq 100 Tech Index

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was up 45 cents, or 2.1%, to $22.06. The

Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

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ETF was gaining $1.37, or 1.7%, to $84.51. The

Ultra Technology ProShares

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ETF rose $1.10, or 1.4%, to $79.

On the other hand, financial and bank-related bundled securities continued to weaken. Related stocks were under pressure on fears that

Federal Reserve

Chairman Ben Bernanke will offer no solace to liquidity issues when he delivers a speech on monetary policy on Friday.


Ultra Financials ProShares

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ETF was losing 91 cents, or 1.7%, to $53.82. The

iShares S&P Global Financials

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ETF was down $1.40, or 1.6%, to $85.02. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Regional Banks

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ETF was off 68 cents, or 1.5%, to $45.88.

Bundled securities following retailers were also weaker due to a downgrade and earnings news out of the sector.

Sears Holdings


said after the last close that both net income and sales fell during the second quarter. Results beat the Thomson First Call estimate on a per-share basis, but revenue was lower than expected.

Meanwhile, Merrill Lynch downgraded the world's largest retailer


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to sell from neutral, citing shrinking margins.


SPDR S&P Retail

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ETF was lower by 49 cents, or 1.2%, to $39.19. The

PowerShares Dynamic Retail

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ETF was sliding by 14 cents, or 0.8%, to $18.19. The

Retail HOLDRs

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ETF was off 56 cents, or 0.6%, to $99.99.