Bundled securities tracking semiconductors were among the best performers of Friday's session, thanks to an upgrade for chipmaker Intel ( INTC).

Goldman Sachs raised its rating for Intel to buy from neutral, sending shares 4% higher. Among other chipmakers, KLA-Tencor ( KLAC), Maxim Integrated Products ( MXIM) and Applied Materials ( AMAT) were up by 1.6% or more.

The Ultra Semiconductor ProShares ( USD) ETF added $3.27, or 4%, to $85.30. The Semiconductor HOLDRs ( SMH) ETF was 65 cents, or 1.7%, higher at $38.10. The iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor ( IGW) ETF was climbing 98 cents, or 1.5%, to $66.45. The SPDR S&P Semiconductor ( XSD) ETF rose 58 cents, or 1.1%, to $53.30.

Utility-related ETFs were also among the winners of the session. Among individual names, American Electric Power ( AEP), Edison International ( EIX) and Exelon ( EXC) jumped 2.1% or more.

The Ultra Utilities ProShares ( UPW) was rising $2.68, or 3.2%, to $85.82. The Utility HOLDRs ( UTH) was adding $2.53, or 1.8%, to $145.63. The Vanguard Utilities ETF ( VPU) gained $1.34, or 1.6%, to $85.42.

ETFs tracking the energy sector were also rising. The front-month July crude contract overcame early weakness, but was higher by just 6 cents to $67.71 a barrel.

The Ultra Oil & Gas ProShares ( DIG) was higher by $2.70, or 2.7%, to $103. The Oil Services HOLDRs ( OIH) was adding $2.57, or 1.3%, to $177.92. The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ( XES) ETF rose 43 cents, or 1.1%, to $37.52. The PowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration ( PXE) ETF was up 30 cents, or 1.2%, to $23.87.

On the losing side, the Software HOLDRs ( SWH) ETF was among very few decliners Friday, pressured by a 2.3% drop in share of Adobe Systems ( ADBE). The ETF was recently down 5 cents, or 0.1%, to $41.52.

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