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
ETF was gaining 0.6% to $39.69. The
iShares Silver Trust
was higher by 1.5% to $135.38. The
iShares COMEX Gold Trust
ETF was adding 1.5% to $66.90. The
streetTRACKS Gold Shares
ETF was rising 1.4% to $66.78.
Semiconductor-related ETFs also were among the day's winners. Among individual names,
was adding 2%;
was up 1.6%;
was rising 1.6%; and
was higher by 1.6%.
ETF was climbing 1.3% to $34.02. The
PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors
was adding 1.4% at $18.07. The
iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor
was up 1.1% to $61.27.
Also among advancers, the
was higher as holding
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
ETF was recently down 0.6% to $52.17. The
iPath Goldman Sachs Crude Oil Index
ETF eased 0.6% to $38.10. The
Oil Services HOLDRs
ETF was recently lower by 0.1% to $148.58.