Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

Funds tracking retail are mixed.
Author:
Publish date:

Exchange-traded funds tracking the retail sector and consumer spending were mixed Thursday following the monthly sales reports from the nation's chain stores.

The

PowerShares Dynamic Retail Portfolio

(PMR) - Get Report

fell 1.1% to $19.21, and the

PowerShares Dynamic Consumer Discretionary Sector Portfolio

(PEZ) - Get Report

was lower by 0.6% at $26.47.

Meanwhile, the

Retail HOLDRS

(RTH) - Get Report

was ahead by 0.2% to $97.92.

A big winner was the

SPDR Homebuilders ETF

(XHB) - Get Report

, surging 5.2% to $37.33 after a Banc of America analyst upgraded several builder stocks to neutral from cautious.

Getting individual upgrades and moving higher were

Toll Brothers

(TOL) - Get Report

,

Pulte

(PHM) - Get Report

and

Ryland

(RYL)

, among others.

Funds tracking precious metals advanced, following gains in gold, silver and copper. The

Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF

(GDX) - Get Report

was up 3% at $41.73, and the

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get Report

gained 2.7% to $139.39.

Also catching bids were the

PowerShares Dynamic Healthcare Services Portfolio

(PTJ)

, climbing 2.3% to $24.89, and the

streetTracks DJ Wilshire Mid Cap ETF

(EMM)

, up 2% to $57.43.

The

Pharmaceutical HOLDRS

(PPH) - Get Report

rose 0.4% to $76.92 after

Pfizer

(PFE) - Get Report

lifted its profit forecast at a research and development conference.

On the losing end were the

UltraShort S&P 500 ProShares

(SDS) - Get Report

, off 0.9% to $59.42, the

UltraShort MidCap 400 ProShares

(MZZ) - Get Report

, down by 0.9% at $62, and the

PowerShares Dynamic Banking Sector Portfolio

(PEZ) - Get Report

, shedding 0.7% to $24.64.