Wednesday's ETF Winners & Losers

Energy funds are on the rise.
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Bundled securities tracking the energy sector were among the best performers of the day as oil rose amid building concerns about the 15 British service members still being held captive by Iran.

The

iPath Goldman Sachs Crude Oil Index

(OIL) - Get Report

ETF rose 1.7% to $38.03. The

United States Oil

(USO) - Get Report

ETF was adding 1.7% to $52.06. The front-month May crude contract was recently adding $1.27 to $64.20 a barrel.

ETFs tracking metals and mining were stronger Wednesday as gold moved higher by $4 to $672.80 an ounce and silver tacked on 17 cents to $13.45 an ounce.

The

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get Report

was up 1% to $133.16. The

Market Vectors Gold Miners

(GDX) - Get Report

ETF was gaining 0.6% to $39.69. The

iShares COMEX Gold Trust

(IAU) - Get Report

ETF was adding 0.5% to $66.10, and the

streetTRACKS Gold Shares

(GLD) - Get Report

ETF was rising 0.5% to $66.01.

On the flip side, ETFs tracking homebuilders were the worst performers. Before the session began,

Beazer Homes

(BZH) - Get Report

said it has received a request for documents from the U.S. attorney, who has started a criminal investigation into its lending. The stock was falling 9.5%, dragging other housing names lower with it.

The

SPDR Homebuilders

(XHB) - Get Report

ETF was sliding 2.2% at $32.86. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

(ITB) - Get Report

ETF was recently down 2.2% at $34.72.

Meanwhile, the

Retail HOLDRs

(RTH) - Get Report

ETF was falling 1% as

Wal-Mart

(WMT) - Get Report

,

Lowe's

(LOW) - Get Report

and

Federated

were shedding 1.4% or more. The ETF was recently lower by $1.03 at $101.44.