Friday's ETF Winners & Losers

Natural gas prices surge Friday and so does the United State Natural Gas exchange-traded fund.
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The

United States Natural Gas

(UNG) - Get Report

exchanged-traded fund was one of the best performers Friday, thanks to a surge in natural gas prices.

Prices were rising on resurfacing concerns over looming storms. Tropical storm Ingrid was the latest to form during the height of hurricane season. Recently, natural gas jumped 27 cents to $6.30 per million British thermal units. The ETF was climbing 98 cents, or 2.6%, to $38.88.

ETFs tracking Asian markets were also among the best performers Friday, as Japan's Nikkei 225 Index rose 1.9%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index added 1.5% and China's CSI 300 Index gained 0.9%.

The

SPDR S&P China

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was adding $1.36, or 1.7%, to $82.36. The

iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index

(FXI) - Get Report

was higher by $2.37, or 1.5%, to $156.05. The

PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX China

(PGJ) - Get Report

rose 39 cents, or 1.4%, to $28.49. The

iShares MSCI Hong Kong Index

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was up 17 cents, or 0.9%, to $20.10.

Homebuilder-related bundled securities were also rising.

D.R. Horton

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,

Lennar

(LEN) - Get Report

,

Hovnanian

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and

Toll Brothers

(TOL) - Get Report

all climbed 2.2% or more.

The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

(ITB) - Get Report

added 29 cents, or 1.4%, to $21.77. The

SPDR S&P Homebuilders

(XHB) - Get Report

was up 24 cents, or 1.1%, to $23.15.

On the other hand, ETFs tracking European bourses were losing ground after U.K. lender

Northern Rock

sought emergency funding from the Bank of England, a sign that the subprime mortgage mess was spilling into overseas markets. London's FTSE 100 was down 1.2%, the CAC 40 in Paris was off 0.5% and Germany's Xetra Dax was lower by 0.5%.

The

iShares MSCI United Kingdom Index

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was losing 41 cents, or 1.6%, to $24.70. The

iShares S&P Europe 350 Index

(IEV) - Get Report

was down $1.39, or 1.2%, to $112.95. The

PowerShares Dynamic Europe

(PEH)

shed 32 cents, or 1.3%, to $23.78.