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Wednesday's ETF Winners & Losers

Funds tracking metals and semiconductors are up, while energy-focused products are down.

Exchange-traded funds tracking metals and mining were among Wednesday's best performers. Gold was recently higher by $8.60 to $678.30 an ounce, and silver was tacking on 19 cents to $13.62 an ounce.


Market Vectors Gold Miners

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ETF was gaining 0.6% to $39.69. The

iShares Silver Trust

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was higher by 1.5% to $135.38. The

iShares COMEX Gold Trust

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ETF was adding 1.5% to $66.90. The

streetTRACKS Gold Shares

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ETF was rising 1.4% to $66.78.

Semiconductor-related ETFs also were among the day's winners. Among individual names,

Texas Instruments

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was adding 2%;

Analog Devices

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was up 1.6%;


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was rising 1.6%; and

National Semiconductor


was higher by 1.6%.


Semiconductors HOLDRs

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ETF was climbing 1.3% to $34.02. The

PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors

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was adding 1.4% at $18.07. The

iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor


was up 1.1% to $61.27.

Also among advancers, the

Software HOLDRs


was higher as holding


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rose 3.1%. Earlier, Citigroup raised its third-quarter estimates for the software giant. The ETF was recently up 48 cents, or 1.2%, to $39.56.

On the flip side, bundled securities tracking the energy sector were among the worst performers of the day. The front-month May crude contract fell for a second straight session, after Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad decided to free 15 British sailors and marines Iran captured last month in the Persian Gulf. Crude prices were recently losing 66 cents at $63.92 a barrel.


United States Oil

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ETF was recently down 0.6% to $52.17. The

iPath Goldman Sachs Crude Oil Index

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ETF eased 0.6% to $38.10. The

Oil Services HOLDRs

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ETF was recently lower by 0.1% to $148.58.