Bundled securities tracking the semiconductor sector were among the best performers Monday following a 2.3% advance in the Philadelphia Semiconductor Sector Index.
iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor
ETF was recently up 2.3% to $55.50, the
ETF was adding 2.2% to $31.28, the
was gaining 2.2% to $43.43 and the
PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors
ETF was higher by 2% to $15.64.
Declining crude prices crushed energy-related ETFs, following
disclosure late Friday that it would continue oil production from the western side of Alaska's Prudhoe Bay field.
PowerShares Dynamic Oil & Gas Services
was lower by 2.4% to $19.32, the
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration Index
was falling 2.3% to $49.37 and the
Oil Services HOLDRs
ETF was off 1.8% to $135.22.
Meanwhile, ETFs tracking transportation were higher thanks to oil's decline. The
iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average
was adding nearly 1% to $74.90.
ETFs related to gold were also among the day's decliners, as a halt to the fighting between Israeli forces and Hezbollah militants took effect, bringing a cessation to a month of combat. The
streetTRACKS Gold Shares
ETF was recently down 38 cents, or 0.6%, to $62.33, and the
iShares Comex Gold
ETF was lower by 39 cents, or 0.6%, to $62.41.
ETFs tracking health care services were edging higher after
said it's exploring options that could include the spinoff or sale of its surgery center and outpatient rehabilitation divisions, sending the stock 10% higher.
Health Care Select Sector SPDR
was gaining 17 cents, or 0.5%, to $31.73, and the
Vanguard Health Care VIPERs
ETF was tacking on 30 cents, or 0.6%, to $54.11.