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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) - Get Report

,

CME Group

(CME) - Get Report

and

Morgan Stanley

(MS) - Get Report

were all higher by 1.5% or more.

The

Ultra Financials ProShares

(UYG) - Get Report

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

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker-Dealers

(IAI) - Get Report

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

KBW Regional Banking

(KRE) - Get Report

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) - Get Report

and

Texas Instruments

(TXN) - Get Report

were all higher by 1% or more.

The

Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

TheStreet Recommends

(USD) - Get Report

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

SPDR S&P Semiconductor

(XSD) - Get Report

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

PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors

(PSI) - Get Report

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) - Get Report

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

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get Report

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

iShares Comex Gold Trust

(IAU) - Get Report

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) - Get Report

,

Lennar

(LEN) - Get Report

,

Standard Pacific

(SPF)

and

Meritage Homes

(MTH) - Get Report

were losing 1.4% or more.

The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

(ITB) - Get Report

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

SPDR S&P Homebuilders

(XHB) - Get Report

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