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This Week's ETF Winners & Losers

Housing- and Internet-related funds had strong weeks.

Housing-related exchange-traded funds were the best performers of week, after unexpectedly strong new-home sales data hinted that the sector may be close to bottoming.

Shortly after Thursday's session began, a Commerce Department report said that new-home sales rose 16.2% last month to an annual rate of 981,000 units. Economists were looking for only an 860,000 pace.

Housing ETFs managed to avoid pitfalls during the week, including Friday's weak report on existing-home sales, as well as a disappointing fiscal second-quarter earnings report from

Toll Brothers

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on Thursday.

For the week, the

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

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ETF added 3.2% to finish at $37.33. The

SPDR Homebuilders

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ETF rose 2.6% to $35.52.

Bundled securities tracking the Internet sector also had a strong week. The sector was led higher by an 8.3% gain in

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. Elsewhere,



tacked on 4%,

BEA Systems


was higher by 3%, and


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was up 2.8%.


First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index

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was the best performer of the Internet ETFs, finishing up 1.3% at $25.61. The

Internet Infrastructure HOLDRs


added 1% to $5.16, and the

Internet HOLDRs


climbed 0.9% to $61.31.

On the losing side, bundled securities tracking chipmakers were the worst performers of the week. Following Tuesday's close,

Analog Devices

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provided third-quarter guidance that fell short of expectations. JPMorgan also downgraded the stock to neutral from overweight. Analog Devices slumped 11.2% over the five sessions.

Among other chipmakers,

Advanced Micro Devices

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shed 5.3% for the week,


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lost 4.9%,

Texas Instruments

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fell 2.7%, and


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eased 2.4%


Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

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ETF fell 4.7% to $76.35. The

Semiconductor HOLDRs

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ETF was lower by 2.4% to $36.26. The

iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor


ETF was down 2.1% to $63.56. The

PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors

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ETF eased 1.2% to $18.86.

Utility-related ETFs were also among the biggest losers. Among individual names,


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slid 6.6% for the week,

Duke Energy

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eased 5.9%, and both

FPL Group

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American Electric Power

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were lower by 3.8%.


Ultra Utilities ProShares

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shed 8.5% to $86.40. The

Vanguard Utilities ETF

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lost 3.9% to $85.78, and the

Utility HOLDRs


fell 3.8% to $145.88.