Bundled securities tracking the semiconductor sector were among the best performers again following a 3.4% run-up in the Philadelphia Semiconductor Sector Index. Surging 6.5% was
PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors
ETF was higher by 3.3% to $16, the
iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor
was recently up 2.8% to $56.53, the
was gaining 2.8% to $44.34, and the
ETF was adding 2.4% to $31.92.
ETF was another strong performer after major holding
rose. The Software HOLDRs ETF was gaining $1.02, or 3%, to $35.52.
ETFs tracking homebuilders and retailers were higher after
beat the Thomson First Call average estimates for second-quarter earnings and revenue.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction
ETF was gaining 80 cents, or 2.4%, to $33.80, and the
ETF was rising by $1.09, or 1.2%, to $92.83.
Another decline in crude prices failed to hurt energy-related ETFs. The
PowerShares Dynamic Oil & Gas Services
was higher by 1.1% to $19.48, and the
Oil Services HOLDRs
ETF was up 0.8% to $135.92.
Meanwhile, ETFs related to gold were among the day's decliners, as gold futures dropped $6.50 to $632.80 an ounce. The
streetTRACKS Gold Shares
ETF was recently down 37 cents, or 0.6%, to $61.88, and the
iShares Comex Gold
ETF was recently lower by 28 cents, or 0.5%, to $62.