Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

Precious metals-related funds were among the bets performers Thursday.
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Exchange-traded funds tracking gold and silver were among the best performers of Thursday's session, as commodity futures soared.

Recently, gold prices were jumping by $15.80 to $745.30 an ounce. Silver was surging 45 cents to $13.56 an ounce. Copper and other precious metals were also higher.

The

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get Report

was climbing $3.83, or 3%, to $132.51. The

PowerShares DB Silver

(DBS) - Get Report

was up 64 cents, or 2.5%, to $26.15. The

Market Vectors Gold Miners

(GDX) - Get Report

ETF was higher by $1.59, or 3.6%, to $45.62. The

PowerShares DB Gold

(DGL) - Get Report

added 42 cents, or 1.5%, to $28.79.

Semiconductor-related ETFs were also higher. Chipmaker

Cree

(CREE) - Get Report

jumped 6%, while

Advanced Micro Devices

(AMD) - Get Report

,

Texas Instruments

(TXN) - Get Report

and

Analog Devices

(ADI) - Get Report

were all higher.

The

Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

(USD) - Get Report

was up 62 cents, or 0.7%, to $87.60. The

SPDR S&P Semiconductor

(XSD) - Get Report

gained 43 cents, or 0.8%, to $55.14.

On the flip side, bundled securities tracking homebuilders were among the worst performers. Among individual names,

D.R. Horton

(DHI) - Get Report

,

Lennar

(LEN) - Get Report

,

Toll Brothers

(TOL) - Get Report

and

Centex

(CTX)

were losing 4% or more.

The

SPDR S&P Homebuilders

(XHB) - Get Report

was falling $1.01, or 4.1%, to $23.81. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

(ITB) - Get Report

was shedding 74 cents, or 3.2%, to $22.74.

Retail ETFs were under pressure after

Circuit City

(CC) - Get Report

posted a fiscal second-quarter loss and predicted a weak third quarter. The electronics retailer dropped almost 17%.

The

SPDR S&P Retail

(XRT) - Get Report

was down 77 cents, or 1.9%, to $39.91. The

Retail HOLDRs

(RTH) - Get Report

was lower by $1.40, or 1.4%, to $102.30. The

PowerShares Dynamic Retail

(PMR) - Get Report

was losing 25 cents, or 1.3%, to $18.38.