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Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

Housing construction funds rise.

ETFs related to housing construction were among the top performers Thursday. Among individual names,

Ryland Group

(RYL)

was rising 2.8%,

KB Home

(KBH) - Get KB Home Report

was tacking on 2.7% and

Lennar

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was recently up 2.2%.

The

SPDR Homebuilders

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ETF was higher by 79 cents, or 2.3%, to $35.30. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

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ETF was adding 74 cents, or 1.9%, to $39.78.

Energy exploration-related ETFs jumped after the Energy Department's weekly petroleum inventory report was released. Crude stocks rose by 2.4 million barrels last week, and gasoline inventories increased by 300,000 barrels. Distillate stocks, however, fell by 1.6 million barrels. Initially, crude prices rose following the data, but oil was recently unchanged at $57.59 a barrel.

The

PowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration

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ETF was higher by 1.9% to $17.53. The

SPDR Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

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ETF was climbing by 1.9% to $35.52. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment Index

(IEZ) - Get iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF Report

ETF was gaining 1.5% to $40.56.

Bundled securities tracking the retail sector were among Thursday's winners. Retail chain

Costco Wholesale

(COST) - Get Costco Wholesale Corporation Report

surged 7% after topping fiscal fourth-quarter earnings estimates.

The

PowerShares Dynamic Retail

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ETF was higher by 1.5% to $18.73. The

SPDR Retail

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ETF was adding 1.4% to $40.99.

On the downside, the

PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors

(PSI) - Get Invesco Dynamic Semiconductors ETF Report

ETF was one of few losers. The ETF dipped 0.3% after holdings

Fairchild Semiconductor

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and

Micron

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both dropped 1.4%.