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Wednesday's ETF Winners & Losers

Financial-related funds were among the day's top performers.

Exchange-traded funds tracking the financial sector were among the few winners of Wednesday's session, thanks to advances in several broker names.


Bear Stearns



Charles Schwab



CME Group



Morgan Stanley


were all higher by 1.5% or more.


Ultra Financials ProShares

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was rising $1, or 1.8%, to $57.30. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker-Dealers


was up 76 cents, or 1.5%, to $51.48. The

KBW Regional Banking


added 58 cents, or 1.3%, to $44.76. The

WisdomTree International Financial


was gaining 30 cents, or 1.1%, to $28.47.

Bundled securities related to the semiconductor sector were also higher.

National Semiconductor






Texas Instruments


were all higher by 1% or more.


Ultra Semiconductor ProShares


rose $1.61, or 1.8%, to $89.96. The

SPDR S&P Semiconductor


was up 75 cents, or 1.4%, to $55.69. The

PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors


was adding 17 cents, or 0.9%, to $19.02.

On the other hand, ETFs tracking gold and silver were among the worst performers of Wednesday's session. Recently, gold prices were losing $4.60 to $734.20 an ounce. Silver was down 13 cents to $13.48 an ounce. Copper and other precious metals were also lower.


Market Vectors Gold Miners


was down 64 cents, or 1.4%, to $43.95. The

iShares Silver Trust


eased 74 cents, or 0.6%, to $132.93. The

iShares Comex Gold Trust


was losing 22 cents, or 0.3%, to $72.24.

Bundled securities tracking homebuilders were also among the biggest losers. Among individual names,

D.R. Horton






Standard Pacific



Meritage Homes


were losing 1.4% or more.


iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction


was shedding 23 cents, or 1.1%, to $20.25. The

SPDR S&P Homebuilders


was falling 22 cents, or 1%, to $21.43.