Updated from 2:26 p.m. EDT with new stock prices

Exchange-traded funds tracking commodity prices were among the best performers Thursday, as crude, gold and silver futures were on the rise.

The December front-month crude contract surged to $90.46 a barrel, gold futures were up to $767.30 an ounce and silver was at $13.84 an ounce.

The

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get Report

was gaining $3.21, or 2.38%, to $137.97. The

PowerShares DB Oil

(DBO) - Get Report

was higher by $1.04, or 3.32%, to $32.39. The

iShares Comex Gold Trust

(IAU) - Get Report

tacked on 47 cents, or 0.62%, to $76.16.

Bundled securities tracking financials also were rebounding a day after

Merrill Lynch's

(MER)

greater-than-expected $7.9 billion writedown. While Merrill still traded lower Thursday, shares of

Fannie Mae

,

CME Group

(CME) - Get Report

and

Charles Schwab

(SCHW) - Get Report

were all slightly higher.

The

Ultra Financials ProShares

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jumped $2.35, or 4.70%, to $52.35.

The

Internet Infrastructure HOLDRs

(IIH)

was also among the winners of the day thanks to a 12.62% jump in shares of

Akamai Technologies

(AKAM) - Get Report

. After Wednesday's close, Akamai said that third-quarter earnings soared 73% from a year ago.

Recently, the Internet Infrastructure HOLDRs was rising by 14 cents, or 2.50%, to $5.73.

On the other hand, chip-related ETFs were suffering again, saddled by a 3.78% decline in

Applied Materials

(AMAT) - Get Report

. Earlier, RBC Capital Markets downgraded the chipmaker to sector perform from outperform, citing slowing demand.

Additionally,

Altera

(ALTR) - Get Report

and

Broadcom

continued to slide in the wake of their earnings reports released after Tuesday's close.

The

Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

(USD) - Get Report

was losing $3.50, or 4.26%, to $78.61. The

PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors

(PSI) - Get Report

shed 67 cents, or 3.65%, to $17.68. The

iShares S&P GTSI Semiconductor

(IGW)

sank by $2.15, or 3.30%, to $63.01.