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Financial- and homebuilder-related exchange traded-funds were among the winners this week, as investors weighed a government-led plan to stave off massive foreclosures amid the ongoing housing slump and credit crunch.

President Bush on Thursday announced a multi-pronged plan developed by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and mortgage industry leaders that includes freezing for five years certain subprime, adjustable rate mortgages about to reset. Bush also pledged to work with other homeowners to refinance existing loans or move into loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration.

News of the plan first leaked last Friday in a report in

The Wall Street Journal

, pushing shares of mortgage lenders higher. Lenders like

Countrywide Financial

( CFC) and


( FRE) continued to advance throughout the past week as more details of the plan emerged.


Ultra Financial ProShares

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ETF edged higher 0.8% to $47.09. The

Financial Select Sector SPDR

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ETF rose 0.8% to $31.25. The

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iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker-Dealers

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ETF was higher by 1% to $51.55.

Among homebuilders, the

SPDR S&P Homebuilders

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ETF climbed 8.4% to $20.65. The

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ETF added 10.9% to $19.02.


Semiconductor HOLDRs

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rose 3.3% in a week that saw a host of news from the chip sector, including a report that worldwide semiconductor sales rose 5% in October. Also, affirmed forecasts came from


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National Semiconductor


had a disappointing revenue forecast, but the shares still had a winning week.


PowerShares Dynamic Hardware & Consumer Electronics


ETF was also stronger, advancing 1.3% over the five sessions.


Retail HOLDRs

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was up 1.6% during a week that saw shaky results from parts of the chain-store sector.

Quarterly profits plunged at


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, and November same-store sales were mixed for a month that included the start of the important holiday shopping season. Still, the retail group overall had gains.