Homebuilding and construction-related exchange-traded funds were the best performers of the week, as several homebuilders benefited from an analyst upgrade.

On Monday, Citigroup upgraded





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Pulte Homes

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D.R. Horton

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Ryland Group


to buy from hold, as the firm believed a near-term bounce was coming due.

Housing stocks also rallied Tuesday despite a weak report from the National Association of Realtors, which said that pending home sales dropped a greater-than-expected 6.5% in August. Economists expected a 2% decline in sales.

For the week, the

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jumped 14.2% to $22.70. The

SPDR S&P Homebuilders

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climbed 9.2% to $23.37.

Financial ETFs were also higher for the week, following several M&A headlines out of the sector.


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said Tuesday it will acquire the rest of Nikko Cordial, a Japan-based broker, for $4.6 billion. On Monday, Citigroup was part of a rally in the financial sector, despite acknowledging that third-quarter earnings should drop 60% from a year ago.

Another deal Tuesday saw

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, a New Jersey bank, acquired by Canada's

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for $8.5 billion in stock and cash. Additionally,

Royal Bank of Canada

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laid out plans to buy a Caribbean bank, RBTT Financial Group, for roughly $2.2 billion.


Ultra Financial ProShares

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advanced 9% to $62.55. The

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was higher by 5.6% to $54.92. The

KBW Bank

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ETF added 3.8% to $54.37.

Overseas-related ETFs were also among the top winners of the week as Asia markets were higher. Over the five sessions, Japan's Nikkei rose 1.7% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.5%.


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advanced 6.4% at $191.60. The

SPDR S&P China

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added 5.1% to close at $98.67. The

PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX China

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gained 3.8% to $34.59.


United States Natural Gas

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ETF was one of the week's laggards, although still finished with slight gains. Natural gas prices slid 4.7% on Friday to $7.07 per million British thermal units, but still added 2.9% over the five sessions. The ETF rose 2.3% to $39.12.