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Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

Funds tracking Asian markets were top performers Thursday.

Exchange-traded funds tracking Asian markets were among the best performers of Thursday's session following a rally overnight.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 2% and Japan's Nikkei 225 was 1.6% higher. Markets in China, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Singapore finished higher as well.

The

PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX China

(PGJ) - Get Report

was gaining $1.42, or 4.1%, to $36.07. The

iShares FTSE/Xinhau China 25 Index

(FXI) - Get Report

was rising $7.85, or 4.1%, to $200.19. The

SPDR S&P China

(GXC) - Get Report

was up $3.70, or 3.7%, to $103.50. The

SPDR S&P Emerging Asia Pacific

(GMF) - Get Report

added $2.40, or 2.6%, to $95.63.

The

SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

(XOP) - Get Report

jumped 5.3% after crude prices rallied through the $83-a-barrel level. The weekly inventory report from the Energy Department showed an unexpected decline of 1.7 million barrels in crude stocks, and oil was jumping $1.73 to $83.03 a barrel.

The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production was up $2.56 to $50.94. Among other energy related ETFs, the

iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Index

(OIL) - Get Report

rose 89 cents, or 1.9%, to $47.02. The

United States Oil

(USO) - Get Report

ETF was adding $1.20, or 1.9%, to $63.60. The

PowerShares DB Oil

(DBO) - Get Report

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was gaining 52 cents, or 1.8%, to $30.02.

Bundled securities tracking the retail sector were gaining ground after

Wal-Mart

(WMT) - Get Report

surprised with a rosier outlook. The world's largest retailer boosted its third-quarter profit guidance even after posting a comp sales increase of only 1.4%, a bit weaker than had been anticipated. The stock was up 3% to $46.95.

The

SPDR S&P Retail

(XRT) - Get Report

was advancing 87 cents, or 2.2%, to $41.21. The

Retail HOLDRs

(RTH) - Get Report

was up $1.34, or 1.3%, to $103.14. The

PowerShares Dynamic Retail

(PMR) - Get Report

rose 16 cents, or 0.9%, to $18.64.

Among losers, the

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Healthcare Provider

(IHF) - Get Report

sank 0.6% as several of its holdings lost ground.

Express Scripts

(ESRX)

,

Aetna

(AET)

and

Coventry Health Care

(CVH)

all were sliding.

The ETF was down 38 cents to $59.68.