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.
iPath Goldman Sachs Crude Oil Index
ETF rose 1.7% to $38.03. The
United States Oil
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.
iShares Silver Trust
was up 1% to $133.16. The
Market Vectors Gold Miners
ETF was gaining 0.6% to $39.69. The
iShares COMEX Gold Trust
ETF was adding 0.5% to $66.10, and the
streetTRACKS Gold Shares
ETF was rising 0.5% to $66.01.
On the flip side, ETFs tracking homebuilders were the worst performers. Before the session began,
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.
ETF was sliding 2.2% at $32.86. The
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction
ETF was recently down 2.2% at $34.72.
ETF was falling 1% as
were shedding 1.4% or more. The ETF was recently lower by $1.03 at $101.44.