Bundled securities tracking commodities were the top performers Wednesday, as gold futures rose $12.50 to close at $619.30 an ounce, and silver added 20.5 cents to $12.47 an ounce.
iShares Comex Gold Trust
ETF was adding 2.2% to $61.43, and the
streetTRACKS Gold Shares
ETF was up 1.9% to $61.37. The
iShares Silver Trust
ETF gained 1.6% to $124.64, while the
Market Vectors Gold Miners
ETF rose 0.4% to $38.11.
Utilities funds were also performing well as
rose 3.2%. The company announced it will pursue the sale of its oil and natural gas exploration assets.
ETF was gaining 0.9% to $130.26. The
Utilities Select Sector SPDR
was adding 0.7% to $36.05.
On the flipside, semiconductor-related ETFs were suffering. Among individual names,
dropped 5.6% and
was lower by 2.3%.
PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors
ETF was losing 2.2% to $16.68. The
was down 1.7% to $48.04, and the
was falling by 1.6% to $33.47.
Internet Infrastructure HOLDRs
exchange-traded fund was also declining, after holding
tumbled 5.7%. The ETF was lower by 12 cents, or 2.2%, to $5.33.