Exchange-traded funds tracking the retail sector and consumer spending were mixed Thursday following the monthly sales reports from the nation's chain stores.
PowerShares Dynamic Retail Portfolio
fell 1.1% to $19.21, and the
PowerShares Dynamic Consumer Discretionary Sector Portfolio
was lower by 0.6% at $26.47.
was ahead by 0.2% to $97.92.
A big winner was the
SPDR Homebuilders ETF
, 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
, among others.
Funds tracking precious metals advanced, following gains in gold, silver and copper. The
Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF
was up 3% at $41.73, and the
iShares Silver Trust
gained 2.7% to $139.39.
Also catching bids were the
PowerShares Dynamic Healthcare Services Portfolio
, climbing 2.3% to $24.89, and the
streetTracks DJ Wilshire Mid Cap ETF
, up 2% to $57.43.
rose 0.4% to $76.92 after
lifted its profit forecast at a research and development conference.
On the losing end were the
UltraShort S&P 500 ProShares
, off 0.9% to $59.42, the
UltraShort MidCap 400 ProShares
, down by 0.9% at $62, and the
PowerShares Dynamic Banking Sector Portfolio
, shedding 0.7% to $24.64.