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Monday's ETF Winners & Losers

Funds tracking the Asian markets were top performers Monday.

Exchange-traded funds tracking Asian markets were among the best performers Monday, as indices in Japan, Thailand and South Korea finished higher overnight.

Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.4% overnight, and both Thailand's Stock Exchange and South Korea's Kospi Index added 0.8%. Indices in Hong Kong and China were closed to start the week.


iShares MSCI South Korea Index

(EWY) - Get Report

was up $2.84, or 4.2%, to $70.90. The

SPDR S&P China

(GXC) - Get Report

was adding $3.29, or 3.5%, to $97.15. The

iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index

(FXI) - Get Report

was higher by $6.40, or 3.6%, to $186.40. The

PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX China

(PGJ) - Get Report

ETF rose $1.01, or 3%, to $34.34.

Homebuilding and construction-related ETFs were also rising, after Citigroup upgraded





(LEN) - Get Report


Pulte Homes

(PHM) - Get Report


D.R. Horton

(DHI) - Get Report


Ryland Group


to buy from hold, as the firm believed a near-term bounce was coming due.


PowerShares Dynamic Building & Construction

(PKB) - Get Report

gained 55 cents, or 2.8%, to $20.39. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

(ITB) - Get Report

was climbing 49 cents, or 2.5%, to $20.36. The

SPDR S&P Homebuilders

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(XHB) - Get Report

was up 50 cents, or 2.3%, to $21.90.

Bundled securities following the chipmakers were also among Monday's winners.

Applied Materials

(AMAT) - Get Report



(XLNX) - Get Report



(KLAC) - Get Report



(INTC) - Get Report

were all rising.


Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

(USD) - Get Report

rose $3.66, or 4.2%, to $91.79. The

iShares S&P GSTI Semiconductor


was up $1.54, or 2.3%, to $69.02. The

PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors

(PSI) - Get Report

added 41 cents, or 2.2%, to $19.10.

On the other hand, retail-related ETFs were among the worst performers after



reported dismal fiscal fourth-quarter earnings. The stock slid nearly 15% after the report, with rival


(CVS) - Get Report

trading 5% lower in sympathy.


Retail HOLDRs

(RTH) - Get Report

was losing 68 cents, or 0.7%, to $99.48. The

PowerShares Dynamic Retail

(PMR) - Get Report

eased 3 cents, or 0.2%, to $17.82.