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This Week's ETF Winners & Losers

Precious metals-related ETFs rise.

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


iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index


advanced 6.9% to $180.10, and the

PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX China


gained 6.4% to $33.28. The

SPDR S&P China


ETF added 6% to close at $93.89.

Precious metals-related ETFs were also higher over the five sessions. The

iShares Silver Trust


ETF added 1.8% to $136.58. The

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ETF finished up 1.6% to $73.49. The

iShares Comex Gold Trust


ETF rose 1.5% to $73.54.

On the flipside, ETFs tracking the homebuilding sector were among the worst performers of the week, saddled by negative economic and earnings data.

During Tuesday's session, the National Association of Realtors said that existing-home fell 4.3% in August to 5.50 million annualized units, the lowest in five years. Additionally,



said third-quarter revenue plummeted to $2.34 billion from $4.18 billion a year ago, falling short of consensus estimates.

KB Home


also posted a hefty loss from continuing operations.

On Thursday, the Census Bureau said new-home sales data fell 8.3% in August to 795,000 annualized units. Economists had anticipated a 5.2% decline. There was a net downward revision of 34,000 homes to the previous three months.


iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction


ETF tumbled 10.8% to $19.92. The

SPDR S&P Homebuilders


ETF lost 8% to $21.42.

Retail-related ETFs also finished with losses for the week. Late Monday, home improvement retailer



issued a profit warning, saying it now expects fiscal-year earnings at the low end or slightly below its previous guidance due to regional drought conditions hurting its outdoor offerings.



, meanwhile, reduced its forecast for September same-store sales growth to a range between 1.5% and 2.5%, compared with the previous forecast of 4% to 6%. The stock dropped 3% over the five sessions.


PowerShares Dynamic Retail


ETF eased 1.9% to $17.85. The

Retail HOLDRs


fell 1.8% to $100.18. The

SPDR S&P Retail


ETF ended down 1.3% to $39.13.