Tech ETFs Move Ahead

The tech-focused tradable funds forged
further ahead Thursday while volume contracted. The downside was limited,
although the utility-focused exchange-traded funds ran into headwinds.

The Internet Infrastructure HOLDR
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gained 19.1%, the day’s sharpest gain among the ETFs. Among its component
stocks, Akamai Technologies
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39.4%, BEA Systems
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18.1%,
Broadvision
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23.7%, Inktomi
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29.6%, Verisign
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8.3%.

The B2B Internet HOLDR
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moved
ahead 15.8%, the Broadband HOLDR
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9.4%, the Software HOLDR
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9.4%, the Internet Architecture HOLDR
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9.4%, the Dow Jones Technology
iShares
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8.5%, the Nasdaq 100 Tracking Stock
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8.1%, the
Semiconductor HOLDR
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6.9%, the Technology SPDR
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6.4%.

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