Energy-related exchange-traded funds were among the worst decliners Tuesday, as traders anticipated that a government report expected Wednesday will show stocks of oil and gas are continuing to rise.

Energy traders also turned their attention away from the Nigerian strike to questions involving Venezuelan production.

Exxon Mobil

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still have not come to an agreement with Venezuela's state-run oil company allowing the companies to continue to pump there. The front-month crude contract was recently down $1.22 to $67.96 a barrel.


PowerShares DB Oil

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was falling 51 cents, or 1.9%, to $26.77. The

United States Oil

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ETF was down 96 cents, or 1.8%, to $51. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration Index

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was lower by 93 cents, or 1.5%, to $58.55. The

iPath S&P Crude Oil Index

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ETF was losing 69 cents, or 1.7%, to $37.51.

ETFs tracking silver and gold were also among the worst performers. Silver futures fell by 69 cents to $12.19 an ounce. Gold futures were losing $8.90 to $643 an ounce.


iShares Silver Trust

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was down $7.22, or 5.3%, to $121.03. The

PowerShares DB Silver

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ETF was down $1.35, or 5%, to $24. The

Market Vectors Gold Miners

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eased 92 cents, or 2.4%, to $36.93. The

iShares COMEX Gold Trust

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shed $1.01, or 1.4%, to $63.52.

Among winners, the

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Medical Devices

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was up 1.7%, thanks to headlines out of


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Late Monday, Medtronic said that the Supreme Court will decide whether patients can seek state court remedies against the company, even though its balloon catheter medical device won premarket approval by the Food and Drug Administration. Medtronic was higher by 1.4%, and the ETF was gaining 90 cents to $54.91.

Also in the health sector, the

Pharmaceutical HOLDRs

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was rising thanks to gains of 1.9% or more in holdings

Bristol-Myers Squibb

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. The ETF was adding $1.18, or 1.5%, to $81.97.