Sector Week-in-Review: Strength in Gold and Energy While Pharmaceuticals Lag (ETFs: GLD, PBW, OIH, PPH)

Includes: GLD, PBW, PPH
by: Nick Perry

Nick Perry (Schaeffer's Investment Research) submits: Last week we saw a mostly quiet picture and this week we find much of the same:

None of the funds on my list were able to move more than four percent and the majority of my list showed moves of less than two percent. The largest gainer of the week was gold, as the streetTRACKS Gold Trust (NYSE: GLD) hit its highest level since it began trading. The PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy Fund (NYSEARCA:PBW) took the number two slot as it too hit a new high.

For a longer-term perspective, the bullets below show how the ETFs listed above have fared over the last six months, prior to this week. In other words, it shows how they had been performing before this week's move:

Prior Six-Month Returns for This Week's Top Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

* streetTRACKS Gold (GLD) +20.5%
* PS WilderHill Clean Energy (PBW) +18.1%
* PS Oil Services (NYSEARCA:PXJ) n/a
* Oil Service HOLDRS (NYSEARCA:OIH) +15.6%
* Internet HOLDRS (NYSE:HHH) -3.6%
* PS Zacks Micro Cap (NYSEARCA:PZI) +12.9%
* PS Networking (NYSEARCA:PXQ) +12.2%
* Small Cap Growth (Pending:DSG) +15.8%
* PS Semiconductors (NYSEARCA:PSI) +25.3%
* NASDAQ 100 Trust (Nasdaq: QQQQ) +6.8%
* PS Mid Cap Growth (PWJ) +14.1%
* PS Energy Exploration & Production (NYSEARCA:PXE) n/a

Prior Six-Month Returns for This Week's Bottom Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

* Diamonds Trust, Series 1 (Amex: DIA) +7.9%
* Regional Bank HOLDRS (RXH) +12.6%
* PS Water Resource (NASDAQ:PHO) n/a
* iShares DJ Select Dividend (NYSEARCA:DVY) +2.5%
* iShares DJ U.S. Healthcare (NYSEARCA:IYH) +4.6%
* PS Utilities (NASDAQ:PUI) n/a
* iShares DJ U.S. Utilities (NYSEARCA:IDU) -4.7%
* SPDR-Health Care (IDU) +4.6%
* SPDR-Utilities (NYSEARCA:XLU) -4.5%
* Utilities HOLDRS (NYSEARCA:UTH) -5.8%
* iShares Lehman 20+ Year Bond (NYSEARCA:TLT) -3.5%
* Pharmaceutical HOLDRS (NYSEARCA:PPH) +4.6%