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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.

The

iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index

(FXI) - Get Report

advanced 6.9% to $180.10, and the

PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX China

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gained 6.4% to $33.28. The

SPDR S&P China

(GXC) - Get Report

ETF added 6% to close at $93.89.

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

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get Report

ETF added 1.8% to $136.58. The

streetTRACKS Gold Shares

(GLD) - Get Report

ETF finished up 1.6% to $73.49. The

iShares Comex Gold Trust

(IAU) - Get Report

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,

Lennar

(LEN) - Get Report

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

KB Home

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(KBH) - Get Report

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.

The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

(ITB) - Get Report

ETF tumbled 10.8% to $19.92. The

SPDR S&P Homebuilders

(XHB) - Get Report

ETF lost 8% to $21.42.

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

Lowe's

(LOW) - Get Report

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.

Target

(TGT) - Get Report

, 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.

The

PowerShares Dynamic Retail

(PMR) - Get Report

ETF eased 1.9% to $17.85. The

Retail HOLDRs

(RTH) - Get Report

fell 1.8% to $100.18. The

SPDR S&P Retail

(XRT) - Get Report

ETF ended down 1.3% to $39.13.