This Week's ETF Winners & Losers

Housing- and Internet-related funds had strong weeks.
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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

(TOL) - Get Report

on Thursday.

For the week, the

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

(ITB) - Get Report

ETF added 3.2% to finish at $37.33. The

SPDR Homebuilders

(XHB) - Get Report

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

(AMZN) - Get Report

. Elsewhere,



tacked on 4%,

BEA Systems


was higher by 3%, and


(GOOG) - Get Report

was up 2.8%.


First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index

(FDN) - Get Report

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

(ADI) - Get Report

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

(AMD) - Get Report

shed 5.3% for the week,


(XLNX) - Get Report

lost 4.9%,

Texas Instruments

(TXN) - Get Report

fell 2.7%, and


(INTC) - Get Report

eased 2.4%


Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

(USD) - Get Report

ETF fell 4.7% to $76.35. The

Semiconductor HOLDRs

(SMH) - Get Report

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

(PSI) - Get Report

ETF eased 1.2% to $18.86.

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


(EXC) - Get Report

slid 6.6% for the week,

Duke Energy

(DUK) - Get Report

eased 5.9%, and both

FPL Group

(FPL) - Get Report


American Electric Power

(AEP) - Get Report

were lower by 3.8%.


Ultra Utilities ProShares

(UPW) - Get Report

shed 8.5% to $86.40. The

Vanguard Utilities ETF

(VPU) - Get Report

lost 3.9% to $85.78, and the

Utility HOLDRs


fell 3.8% to $145.88.