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ETF Preview: Tech Funds Leaning Higher With Oracle Earnings In Focus; BofA Lifts Financial Funds

 December 16, 2010 09:15 AM

8:46 AM, Dec 16, 2010 -- Active broad-market exchange-traded funds in Wednesday's regular session:

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY): -0.5%

iShares S&P 500 (IVV): -0.4%

PowerShares QQQ (QQQQ): -0.4%

iShares Russell 2000 (IWM): -0.3%

iShares Russell 1000 Growth (IWF): -0.4%

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index (EEM): -1.6%

United States Oil Fund (USO): +0.2%

SPDR Gold Shares (GLD): -1.1%

Select Financial Sector SPDRS (XLF): -0.8%

Top Pre-Market Volume Movers:

SPY, +0.2%

QQQQ, +0.2%

UNG, -1.2%

SDS, -0.3%

GLD, +0.1%

Winners and Losers

Major broad-market ETFs, including the SPY, DIA, IWM and others, are moderately firmer amid hopes Europe can prevent the spread of debt problems there and following the release of mixed U.S. economic news. Futures did pare early gains after disappointing FedEx (FDX) earnings. The actively traded Nasdaq-focused PowerShares QQQ (QQQQ) is up 0.2%.

The Direxion Daily Small Cap Bull 3X (TNA) is steady, so far ranging between 68.50 and 69.14. Ultra QQQ (QLD) is thinly traded. Ultra S&P 500 (SSO) is down 0.02%, ranging between 46.55 and 46.27.

The Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3X (TZA) is down 0.06%, ranging between 16.64 and 16.47. Actively traded Proshares Ultrashort S&P 500 (SDS) is down 0.2%, ranging between 24.73 and 24.56, while Proshares Ultrapro Short S&P 500 (SPXU) is lightly traded.

Financial -

Select Financial Sector SPDRs (XLF) is up 0.3%. The Direxion Financial Bull 3X fund (FAS) is up 1.4%; its bearish counterpart, FAZ, is down 1.3%. Among active issues: C, +0.9%; BAC, +2.2%; IRE, -1.8%, AIB, -3.8%.

Bank of America (BAC) advanced in after-hours trade and is up 2% this morning after the WSJ said the company is in talks with mortgage investors to settle charges it mishandled $16.5 bln in mortgages it packaged into bonds.

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