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Basic-materials ETFs were among the best performers Tuesday, as

Phelps Dodge

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rose nearly 3% after the copper producer terminated its bid for Canadian mining company





iShares Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials

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ETF was gaining 0.7%, and both the

Materials Select Sector SPDR

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ETF and the

Vanguard Materials VIPERs

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ETF were higher by 0.5%.

ETFs tracking semiconductors were rising after Thomas Weisel upgraded chipmaker

Advanced Micro Devices

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to outperform from peer-perform, sending the stock up 4.1%.


SPDR Semiconductor

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ETF was adding 1.5% to $48.16. The

PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors

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ETF was gaining 1% to $16.87, and the

iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor


ETF was higher by 0.5% to $60.20.

In addition, precious metals were moving to the upside, as gold jumped by $14.40 to $647 an ounce. The

streetTRACKS Gold Shares

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ETF was recently higher by $1.31, or 2.1%, to $63.45. The

iShares COMEX Gold Trust

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ETF was climbing $1.25, or 2%, to $63.53.

On the flip side, the

B2B Internet HOLDRs


ETF was weak, as holding



sank 1.2%. The B2B Internet HOLDRs was down 4 cents, or 2%, to $2.

Also among losers were utility-tracking ETFs. The

Utilities Select Sector SPDR

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ETF was losing 1.2%. Both the

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities

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ETF and the

Utilities HOLDRs


ETF were down 1.1%.