Bundled securities tracking energy exploration were Wednesday's best performers following the Energy Department's weekly inventory report. The January crude contract was recently up $1.06 to $62.05 a barrel. Other energy contracts were also trading higher.
Oil Service HOLDRs
ETF jumped 3.1% to $144.87. The
SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
ETF was gaining 2.9% to $30.58. The
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment Index
ETF was higher by 2.7% to $47.03. The
Energy Select Sector SPDR
ETF was adding 2.5% to $59.64.
Also among winners, the
exchange-traded fund was higher, thanks to gains of 2.3% or more in
. The Telecom HOLDRs was up 75 cents, or 2.3%, to $33.62.
On the flipside, ETFs related to metals were lower as both gold and silver futures finished with losses. The
iShares Silver Trust
ETF was recently down 1.3% to $135.49. The
streetTRACKS Gold Shares
ETF was lower by 0.6% to $63.19.
Semiconductor-related ETFs were also among the worst performers. Among individual names,
was down by 1.8%,
Integrated Device Technology
was losing 2.6%, and
was off 1.4%.
was recently down 0.9% to $49.86. The
was edging lower by 0.7% to $34.21. The
PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors
ETF was giving back 0.4% to $17.30.