Bundled securities tracking energy were among Wednesday's top performers, as oil inched up toward $60 a barrel. Among individual names,
was adding 2%,
was rising by 1.7%,
was tacking on 1.5%, and
was up 1.1%.
SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment Services
was gaining 1.6% to $29.33. The
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration Index
ETF was higher by 1.2% to $48.72. The
Oil Services HOLDRs
ETF was rising by 1.1% to $138.44. The
PowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration
ETF was adding 1% to $18.85.
Also among winners, the
ETF gained 1.2% thanks to advances of 2.2% in holdings
. The ETF was rising by 66 cents to $54.11.
On the downside, commodity-related exchange-traded funds were weaker as gold futures fell $9.40 to a one-week low of $618.30.
streetTRACKS Gold Shares
ETF was recently losing 1.8% to $60.90. The
iShares COMEX Gold Trust
ETF was falling by 1.8% to $61.01. The
Market Vectors Gold Miners
ETF was giving back 1.4% to $38.
ETF dropped 1.8% as traders worried the Democratic gains in Congress could put pressure on the drug sector's earnings. Major holding
sank 4.2% after saying liabilities from tax disputes in both the U.S. and Canada could total as much as $5.58 billion. The ETF was losing $1.41 to $77.07.