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Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

Housing funds are higher.

Exchange-traded funds tracking the housing sector were among the top performers Thursday after the Commerce Department said new-home sales rose 5.3% in September. News that the median sales price plummeted 9.7% from August, the biggest drop since 1970, wasn't deterring buyers.

The

SPDR Homebuilders

(XHB) - Get SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF Report

ETF was adding 2.5% to $35.39, and the

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

(ITB) - Get iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF Report

ETF was gaining 1.6% to $39.98.

Also among winners, the

Internet HOLDRs

(HHH)

ETF gained 2.2% thanks to an advance of 5.1% in holding

CNET Networks

(CNET) - Get ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc. Report

. The ETF was rising by $1.11 to $52.56.

Bundled securities tracking retail were also trading higher. Among individual names,

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Target

(TGT) - Get Target Corporation Report

,

Costco Wholesale

(COST) - Get Costco Wholesale Corporation Report

,

Lowe's

(LOW) - Get Lowe's Companies, Inc. (LOW) Report

and

Home Depot

(HD) - Get Home Depot, Inc. (HD) Report

were gaining 1.7% or more.

The

Retail HOLDRs

(RTH) - Get VanEck Vectors Retail ETF Report

was adding 1.5% to $101.10. The

SPDR Retail

(XRT) - Get SPDR S&P Retail ETF Report

was up 1.3% to $41.69, and the

PowerShares Dynamic Retail

(PMR) - Get Invesco Dynamic Retail ETF Report

was tacking on 1.1% to $19.20.

Energy-related ETFs were dropping, as oil futures sank back below $61 a barrel. Among individual names,

Occidental Petroleum

(OXY) - Get Occidental Petroleum Corporation Report

was losing 1.7%,

BP

(BP) - Get BP p.l.c. Sponsored ADR Report

was lower by 1.6%, and

Valero

(VLO) - Get Valero Energy Corporation Report

was off 1.2%.

The

SPDR Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

(XES) - Get SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF Report

ETF was falling by 1.1% to $38.05, and the

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration Index

(IEO) - Get iShares U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF Report

ETF was giving back 1% to $48.67.

Also among losers, the

B2B Internet HOLDRs

(BHH)

ETF was falling 1.3% as holding

Ariba

(ARBA)

was down 13.4%. The ETF was off 3 cents to $2.22.