Exchange-traded funds tracking the Internet sector were among the top performers Friday, as several individual names supported a jump in the tech sector.

Internet stocks were led higher by a 3.6% gain in BEA Systems ( BEAS). Elsewhere, VeriSign ( VRSN) was up 2.1%, Google ( GOOG) was higher by 1.6%, and EarthLink ( ELNK) tacked on 1.3%.

The Internet Infrastructure HOLDRs ( IIH) was the best performer of the Internet ETFs, recently up 12 cents, or 2.4%, to $5.17. The First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index ( FDN) was higher by 18 cents, or 0.7%, at $25.62. The Internet HOLDRs ( HHH) was climbing 17 cents, or 0.3%, at $61.39.

Energy-related ETFs were also among the best performers of a winning session Friday, as the front-month July crude contract was up 45 cents to $64.63 a barrel.

The Ultra Oil & Gas ProShares ( DIG) was higher by $1.85, or 2%, to $93.25. The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ( XES) ETF was adding 37 cents, or 1.1%, to $35.28. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) ETF gained 87 cents, or 1.3%, to $67.53. The SPDR Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ( XOP) ETF was recently up 54 cents, or 1.2%, to $45.55.

Bundled securities following the housing sector were among the biggest decliners of the session. Earlier, the National Association of Realtors said that existing-home sales eased 2.6% in April to a rate of 5.99 million annualized units, compared with 6.12 million units in March. The decline was greater than economists anticipated. The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction ( ITB) ETF was recently losing 50 cents, or 1.3%, at $37.04. The SPDR Homebuilders ( XHB) ETF was down 44 cents, or 1.2%, to $35.31.

Utility-related ETFs were also among the losers of the session. Among individual names, Southern Co. ( SO) was down 1.1%, Duke Energy ( DUK) eased 1.3%, and Edison International ( EIX) slid 1%.

The Ultra Utilities ProShares ( UPW) was shedding 94 cents, or 1.1%, to $86.07. The Utility HOLDRs ( UTH) was falling by $1.09, or 0.8%, to $145.10. The Vanguard Utilities ETF ( VPU) lost 42 cents, or 0.5%, to $85.38.

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