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This Week's ETF Winners & Losers

Overseas funds record big gains.

Overseas-related exchange-traded funds were among the best performers of the week as Asia's markets hurdled higher.

During the five sessions, Hong Kong's Hang Seng soared 14%, China's Shanghai Composite surged 9.7% to an all-time high, and Japan's Nikkei 225 Index jumped 6.4%.


iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index

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jumped 15.4% at $143.55. The

SPDR S&P China

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ETF added 15.2% to close at $74.82. The

SPDR S&P Emerging Markets


finished up 8.6% to $66.78. The

iShares MSCI South Korea Index

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gained 6% to $62.

Basic materials-related bundled securities were also strong. Among individual stocks,


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, and


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climbed more than 10%.


Ultra Basic Materials ProShares

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ETF rose 13.3% to $82.43. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials

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ETF added 6.4% to close at $68.05. The

Materials Select Sector SPDR

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ETF climbed 6.7% to $39.36.

REIT-related ETFs also finished the week with gains, as the recent turmoil in the credit markets eased somewhat.


Ultra Real Estate ProShares

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ETF advanced 5% to $44.25. The

Vanguard REIT Index

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ETF rose 1.9% to $68.91. The

iShares FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs

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finished up 1.2% for the week to $31.52.

On the other hand, regional bank ETFs lost ground. The

KBW Regional Banking

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ETF eased 1.4% to close at $45.70. The

Regional Bank HOLDRs


ETF fell 0.6% to $151.67. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Regional Banks

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dipped 0.4% over the five sessions to end at $47.60.