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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.

Recently,

Bear Stearns

(BSC)

,

Charles Schwab

(SCHW)

,

CME Group

(CME)

and

Morgan Stanley

(MS)

were all higher by 1.5% or more.

The

Ultra Financials ProShares

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TheStreet Recommends

(UYG)

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

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker-Dealers

(IAI)

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

KBW Regional Banking

(KRE)

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

WisdomTree International Financial

(DRF)

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

Bundled securities related to the semiconductor sector were also higher.

National Semiconductor

(NSM)

,

Intel

(INTC)

and

Texas Instruments

(TXN)

were all higher by 1% or more.

The

Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

(USD)

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

SPDR S&P Semiconductor

(XSD)

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

PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors

(PSI)

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.

The

Market Vectors Gold Miners

(GDX)

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

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV)

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

iShares Comex Gold Trust

(IAU)

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

(DHI)

,

Lennar

(LEN)

,

Standard Pacific

(SPF)

and

Meritage Homes

(MTH)

were losing 1.4% or more.

The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

(ITB)

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

SPDR S&P Homebuilders

(XHB)

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