ETFs tracking homebuilders were higher after

Hovnanian

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reported third-quarter results that beat estimates. The

SPDR Homebuilders

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ETF was gaining 2% to $30.81, and the

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

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ETF was higher by 0.9% to $34.43.

The

PowerShares Lux Nanotech

(PXN)

ETF was another of Thursday's few winners, as major holding

NVE Corp.

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surged 12%. The ETF was higher by 24 cents, or 1.4%, to $17.58.

Elsewhere, the session's worst performers were related to precious metals, as gold and silver futures sank. The

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get Report

ETF was dropping $4.08, or 3.1%, to $125.80. The

iShares COMEX Gold

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ETF was losing $1.52, or 2.4%, to $61.39, and the

streetTRACKS Gold Shares

(RKH)

ETF was down $1.45, or 2.3%, to $61.41.

The

Broadband HOLDRs

(BDH)

ETF was another loser, as holdings

Corning

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,

Nortel

(NT)

,

Qualcomm

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and

Tellabs

(TLAB)

all sank by 1.4% or more.

The Broadband HOLDRs ETF was recently down 25 cents, or 1.5%, to $16.34.

Additionally, the

B2B Internet HOLDRs

(BDH)

ETF was lower as both

Agile Software

(AGIL)

and

Ariba

(ARBA)

dropped 2%. The ETF was off 1% to $2.01.