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ETFs related to oil services were the strongest performers Wednesday, as oil for October delivery was poised to break a seven-session decline. The move followed the Energy Department's weekly inventory report, which showed a larger-than-expected drop in crude of 2.9 million barrels. Oil was last up 74 cents to $64.50 a barrel.


Oil Service HOLDRs

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ETF was adding 3.3% to $128.95. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment Index

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ETF was gaining 3.3% to $41.82, and the

Energy Select Sector SPDR

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ETF was higher by 2.6% to $53.28.


iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker/Dealers

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was also one of the top gainers, adding 2.3%, after investment bank

Lehman Brothers

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posted third-quarter earnings of $916 million, or $1.57 a share, up from a year ago and ahead of estimates.


B2B Internet HOLDRs


ETF was also higher, as holding

Agile Software


jumped 6.7%. The B2B Internet HOLDRs was up 5 cents, or 2.3%, to $2.20.


Pharmaceutical HOLDRs

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and the

iShares S&P Global Healthcare Sector

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ETF were among the biggest losers, pressured by a decline in


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Merck sank 3.1% after two analyses of a number of prior studies suggested that the company's Vioxx painkiller could be harmful to patients even if taken for a short period of time. The analyses will appear in an upcoming

Journal of the American Medical Association

. The iShares S&P Global Healthcare Sector ETF was losing 0.9% to $57.11, and the Pharmaceutical HOLDRs was recently down 0.4% to $76.93.

Semiconductor-related ETFs were also lower

Marvell Technology

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was recently down 2.6%,

Micron Technology

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was off 2.5%, and

Texas Instruments

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fell 2%.


iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor


ETF was losing 0.7% to $61.69. The

Semiconductor HOLDRs

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ETF was lower by 0.5% to $33.80, and the

PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors

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ETF was off 0.4% to $17.28.