Updated from 2:26 p.m. EDT with new stock prices

Exchange-traded funds tracking commodity prices were among the best performers Thursday, as crude, gold and silver futures were on the rise.

The December front-month crude contract surged to $90.46 a barrel, gold futures were up to $767.30 an ounce and silver was at $13.84 an ounce.

The iShares Silver Trust ( SLV) was gaining $3.21, or 2.38%, to $137.97. The PowerShares DB Oil ( DBO) was higher by $1.04, or 3.32%, to $32.39. The iShares Comex Gold Trust ( IAU) tacked on 47 cents, or 0.62%, to $76.16.

Bundled securities tracking financials also were rebounding a day after Merrill Lynch's ( MER) greater-than-expected $7.9 billion writedown. While Merrill still traded lower Thursday, shares of Fannie Mae ( FNM), CME Group ( CME) and Charles Schwab ( SCHW) were all slightly higher.

The Ultra Financials ProShares ( UYG) jumped $2.35, or 4.70%, to $52.35.

The Internet Infrastructure HOLDRs ( IIH) was also among the winners of the day thanks to a 12.62% jump in shares of Akamai Technologies ( AKAM). After Wednesday's close, Akamai said that third-quarter earnings soared 73% from a year ago.

Recently, the Internet Infrastructure HOLDRs was rising by 14 cents, or 2.50%, to $5.73.

On the other hand, chip-related ETFs were suffering again, saddled by a 3.78% decline in Applied Materials ( AMAT). Earlier, RBC Capital Markets downgraded the chipmaker to sector perform from outperform, citing slowing demand.

Additionally, Altera ( ALTR) and Broadcom ( BRCM) continued to slide in the wake of their earnings reports released after Tuesday's close.

The Ultra Semiconductor ProShares ( USD) was losing $3.50, or 4.26%, to $78.61. The PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors ( PSI) shed 67 cents, or 3.65%, to $17.68. The iShares S&P GTSI Semiconductor ( IGW) sank by $2.15, or 3.30%, to $63.01.

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