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This Week's ETF Winners & Losers

Precious metals funds climb.

Precious metals-related exchange-traded funds were among the best performers of a holiday-shortened week, as prices of gold and silver jumped more than 4%.


streetTRACKS Gold Shares

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ETF finished up 4.1% to $69.25. The

iShares Comex Gold Trust

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ETF rose 4.1% to $69.40. The

PowerShares DB Gold

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ETF added 3.9% to $27.56.

Oil-related ETFs were also higher, as crude prices finished with a weekly gain of 3.6% at $76.60 a barrel.


Ultra Oil & Gas ProShares

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ETF rose 3% to $99.17. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration Index

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added 3% to $56.09. The

SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

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ETF finished up 2.5% to $44.20.

On the other hand, housing ETFs were among the worst decliners of the week. On Wednesday, the National Association of Realtors said its pending home sales index dropped 12.2% in July to a reading of 89.9, providing the latest evidence that the slowdown in housing is continuing. Over the last year, the index has fallen 16.1%.

The Mortgage Bankers Association released a report Thursday that said 5.1% of the loans in its survey were delinquent in the second quarter and that the number of dwellings entering foreclosure hit a record high. Subprime delinquencies rose to 14.82%, the highest since the second quarter of 2002.



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posted a fiscal third-quarter loss that was worse than expected, and

Beazer Homes

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tumbled after word the homebuilder had received default notices for five senior notes.


iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

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ETF lost 7% to $21.99. The

SPDR S&P Homebuilders

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ETF ended down 6.6% to $23.20.

Retail ETFs were also among the losers, despite relatively strong same-store sales results on Thursday, as the weak jobs report raised fears that consumer spending would decline.


PowerShares Dynamic Retail

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ETF shed 5.9% to $17.35. The


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was lower by 4.9% to $96.97. The

SPDR S&P Retail

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ETF closed down 3.9% to $37.87.