Wednesday's ETF Winners & Losers

Pharmaceutical funds are among the best performers.
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Bundled securities tracking the pharmaceutical sector were among Wednesday's best performers a day after

Johnson & Johnson

(JNJ) - Get Report

posted strong third-quarter results, boosting its shares by nearly 3%.


Pharmaceutical HOLDRs

(PPH) - Get Report

ETF was adding 1% to $79.52. The

Health Care Select Sector SPDR

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ETF was up 0.8% to $33.55, and the

Vanguard Health Care

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ETF was gaining 0.8% to $57.49.

Also among winners was the

Internet Architecture HOLDRs


ETF, which was up 0.6% to $39.58. Major holding


(IBM) - Get Report

easily beat analysts' third-quarter earnings forecast and surpassed revenue estimates, boosting shares by more than 4%.

On the downside, ETFs tracking semiconductors were hit hardest. Both

Novellus Systems



Linear Technology


dropped nearly 8% after providing dismal forecasts.


PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors

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ETF was losing 55 cents, or 3.1%, to $17.29. The

SPDR Semiconductor

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ETF was falling by $1.39, or 2.8%, to $48.29. The

Semiconductor HOLDRs

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ETF was lower by 90 cents, or 2.6%, to $34. The

iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor


ETF was sliding by $1.66, or 2.7%, to $61.03.

Energy-related ETFs also fell as crude prices sank below the $58-a-barrel level. Oil futures were recently down $1.22 to $57.71 a barrel after the Energy Department released its weekly inventory report that showed a greater-than-expected build in crude stocks.


PowerShares Dynamic Oil & Gas Services

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ETF was losing 2.2% to $18.40. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment Index

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ETF was down 2.1% to $41.65. The

Oil Services HOLDRs

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ETF was off 2.1% to $127.39, and the

SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment & Services

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ETF was lower by 1.8% to $26.84.