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Consumer ETFs Fall on Jobs Data

Consumer-focused exchange traded funds decline on Friday after payroll numbers showed the U.S. economy shed 131,000 jobs.

NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- Markets recovered in the latter half of Friday's trading after dropping more than 1% following weak jobs data.

Consumer-focused exchange-traded funds came under selling pressure early in the day, soon after data showed that the U.S. economy shed 131,000 jobs, far more than the projected 87,000 decrease. On Thursday, retailers declared lower-than-expected same-store sales, which also worsened investor sentiment.

By the end of the Friday session, this particular batch of ETFs managed to recover some of their losses, though they still finished in the red.

The

SPDR S&P Retail ETF

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, which shed more than 2% in early trading, closed 0.5% lower. Its top holdings include

Aeropostale

(ARO)

, which lost close to 4% after an analyst at

Wells Fargo

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downgraded the stock to market perform.

The

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gave up 0.7%, dragged lower by selling in

Amazon

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and

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, an actively-traded ETF, were other prominent losers.

Financial ETFs also lost ground, even as markets recovered. The

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retreated 0.8%.

Weak economic data, however, helped drive investor appetite for gold and gold-mining ETFs. The

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rose by 0.8%, and

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, rose by nearly 1%.

-- Reported by Shanthi Venkataraman in New York.

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