This Week's ETF Winners & Losers

Funds tracking homebuilders sink.
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Exchange-traded funds tracking homebuilders were the worst performers of a holiday-shortened week following soft housing data and more fears of an economic slowdown.


iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

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ETF gave back 11.2% to $15.32. The

SPDR S&P Homebuilders

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ETF lost 10.3% to end the week at $16.92.

On Monday, the National Association of Realtors said existing-home sales rose 0.4% to an annualized rate of 5 million units last month, as expected. Still, sales were down 20% from a year ago. The inventory of homes on the market fell 3.6% last month to a 10.3-month supply.

Additionally, a weak jobs report Friday sank homebuilder stocks. The Labor Department said the U.S. economy added 18,000 jobs in December, well short of economists' expectation of 70,000. The unemployment rate jumped to 5% from 4.7% in November, surpassing forecasts of 4.8%. The dismal jobs report highlighted the recent economic slowdown and stoked fears of a recession.

Financial and retail-related ETFs were also among the losers of the week, slammed by the weaker-than-expected employment report.

For the week, the

Ultra Financial ProShares

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ETF slumped 9.9% to $36.73. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker-Dealers

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ETF was lower by 6.8% to $47.36. The

Financial Select Sector SPDR

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ETF lost 5.1% to $27.46.

Among bundled securities tracking retailers, the

SPDR S&P Retail

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ETF was down 8.9% to $30.93. The

PowerShares Dynamic Retail

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ETF fell 8.5% to $14.43. The

Retail HOLDRs

(RTH) - Get Report

lost 6.9% to end the week at $87.60.

Semiconductor-related ETFs were also lower on the week, pressured by several analyst downgrades. On Wednesday, Banc of America Securities cut

Advanced Micro Devices

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Texas Instruments

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National Semiconductor


, among others.


Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

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ETF plummeted 21.4% to $56.42. The

Semiconductor HOLDRs

(SMH) - Get Report

sank 9.7% to $29.45. The

iShares S&P GSTI Semiconductor


ETF shed 9.2% to $54.40.

On the other hand, energy-related ETFs were among few winners of the week as crude topped the mythical $100-a-barrel level briefly. Oil finished with a 2% advance over the four sessions at $97.91.


PowerShares DB Oil

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was up 2% to $35.42. The

United States Oil

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added 1.9% to $77.30. The

iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Index

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rose 1.6% to $57.

Bundled securities tracking gold futures were also higher for the week. Gold futures added 2.7% for the week to close at $865.70 an ounce.


Market Vectors Gold Miners

(GDX) - Get Report

ETF finished up 6.6% at $49.69. The

iShares Comex Gold Trust

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ETF climbed 2.6% to $85.19. The

streetTRACKS Gold Shares

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ETF rose 2.5% to $85.08.