NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Better-than-expected results from drug major Pfizer ( PFE) spurred buying in pharmaceutical and healthcare ETFs. Pfizer blew past estimates, helped by the acquisition of Wyeth and higher sales. The stock is up nearly 5% at $16.25.

Pharmaceutical HOLDRS ( PPH), which counts Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ), Pfizer and Merck ( MRK) among its top holdings is rising 1.4% on Tuesday early trading. The iShares Dow Jones US Healthcare ( IYH) and SPDR Health Care Sector ( XLV) are also heading higher.

Weak economic data appears to be driving buyers to safe havens like gold. The SPDR Gold ETF ( GLD) is up 0.6% to $116.30. Gold mining companies, a riskier way to invest in gold, is also seeing buying interest. The Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF ( GDXJ)is gaining 2.3%.

A blowout quarter from Solarfun ( SOLF) and reports that a South Korean company is going to acquire a 49.9% stake in the Chinese solar module maker, is boosting buying in solar ETFs. The Market Vectors Solar ETF ( KWT) is up 1.6% in Tuesday early trading, while Claymore/MAC Solar Energy ETF ( TAN) is up 1.1%.

-- Reported by Shanthi Venkataraman in New York.

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