Exchange-traded funds tracking energy were among the top performers Wednesday, as oil futures rose above $61 a barrel. Among individual names,
was up 2.3%,
was adding 2.2%, and
was higher by 1.4%.
Oil Service HOLDRs
ETF was rising by 2.6% to $138.03. The
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment Index
ETF was adding 2.4% to $44.92, and the
SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
ETF was gaining 2.2% to $28.88.
In addition, bundled-securities following the housing sector were higher. Earlier, the National Association of Realtors said existing-home sales data fell a greater-than-expected 1.9% to 6.18 million annualized units in September. However, the NAR indicated that the worst may be over for the cooling housing market.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction
ETF was gaining 2.6% to $39.34, and the
ETF was adding 2% to $34.58.
Also among winners, the
ETF gained thanks to an advance of 11.7% in holding
. After the close Tuesday, the online retailer beat earnings estimates and offered an optimistic forecast. The ETF was higher by $1.26, or 2.5%, to $51.13.
Among losers, the
B2B Internet HOLDRs
ETF was Wednesday's worst performer, falling 3.8%.
was losing 6.4%. The B2B Internet HOLDRs was down 9 cents to $2.28.
Bundled securities tracking retail were also trading lower. Among individual names,
were losing 2% or more.
PowerShares Dynamic Retail
was off 1.5% to $18.84. The
was down 1.2% to $41, and the
was losing 0.9% to $99.55.
Robert Holden is staff reporter Robert Holmes. He reports often from Second Life.