Exchange-traded funds tracking homebuilders were among the best performers Tuesday. Shortly after the session began, the National Association of Realtors said its Pending Home Sales Index, based on sales contracts signed, rose 0.7% to 109.3 in February, from 108.5 in January.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction
ETF was rising 2.2% at $34.49. The
ETF was higher by 2.1% at $32.83.
Internet Infrastructure HOLDRs
ETF was another winner. Holdings
Internap Network Services
were adding 2% or more, and the ETF was climbing 14 cents, or 2.7%, to $5.28.
Other winners include
, which rose 1.6% as holdings
were all higher by 2% or greater. The retail ETF was gaining $1.65 to $103.33.
Elsewhere, bundled securities tracking the energy sector were among the worst performers of the day. The front-month May crude contract fell hard after Iran's top international negotiator, Ali Larijani, suggested discussions with Britain in order to resolve the captive situation peacefully.
Iran nabbed 15 British sailors and marines while they were searching vessels in the Persian Gulf on March 23 and has held them since. Crude prices were recently losing $1.73 at $64.21 a barrel.
United States Oil
ETF was recently down 2.2% to $52.40. The
iPath Goldman Sachs Crude Oil Index
ETF eased 2.2% to $38.24. The
PowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration
ETF was shedding 0.5% to $20.40. The
Oil Services HOLDRs
ETF was recently lower by 0.2% to $148.26.