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Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

Asia-related funds were among Thursday's top performers.

Exchange-traded funds tracking Asian markets were among the best performers Thursday, as indices in Japan, China, Hong Kong and Indonesia rose overnight.

Japan's Nikkei 225 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng both soared 2.4% overnight, China's CSI 300 Index gained 1.2%, and Indonesia's Jakarta Index added 0.8%.


PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX China

(PGJ) - Get Free Report

rose 63 cents, or 1.9%, to $33.42. The

iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index

(FXI) - Get Free Report

was higher by $3.03, or 1.7%, to $179.09. The

iShares MSCI Japan Index

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was up 23 cents, or 1.6%, to $14.26. The

SPDR S&P China

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was adding $1.56, or 1.7%, to $93.85.

Bundled securities following the financial sector were also higher, as enthusiasm for

Bear Stearns


carried over from the previous session. Last time out, Bear Stearns fueled a rally in financials after rumors swirled that billionaire investor Warren Buffett was interested in buying a stake in the investment bank.


WisdomTree International Financial


was gaining 57 cents, or 2%, to $28.98. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker-Dealers

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was up 38 cents, or 0.7%, to $52.06. The

Ultra Financials ProShares

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was rising 12 cents, or 0.2%, to $57.09. The

KBW Regional Banking

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added 7 cents, or 0.2%, to $44.50.

Once again, the

United States Natural Gas

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ETF was the worst decliner of the session, as natural gas futures declined after a bearish report on natural gas inventories. Natural gas fell 21 cents to $6.83 per million British thermal units. The ETF was lower by $1.33, or 3.4%, to $37.95.

Biotech-related ETFs were also among the worst performers. Shares of

Biogen Idec

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CV Therapeutics



Human Genome Sciences


all were sliding.


PowerShares Dynamic Biotech & Genome

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was off 35 cents, or 1.8%, to $19.40. The

First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index

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lost 28 cents, or 1.1%, to $25.57. The

SPDR S&P Biotech

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was down 32 cents, or 0.6%, to $58.05.