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Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

Homebuilding- and health-related funds are up, while energy products continued to slump.

Exchange-traded funds tracking homebuilders were among the top performers of Friday's session. Among homebuilder names,

Standard Pacific


was up 2.8%,


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was adding 2.3%,

Beazer Homes

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was higher by 2.1%, and

Toll Brothers

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was rising 1.3%.


iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

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ETF was recently up 1.4%, or 47 cents, to $34.49. The

SPDR Homebuilders

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ETF was climbing 35 cents, or 1.1%, to $32.75.


Biotech HOLDRs

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ETF was also rising. Holding


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was gaining 3.2%, and the Biotech HOLDRs was recently higher by $1.53, or 0.9%, to $179.80.

Other biotech ETFs were gaining ground. The

iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology

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ETF was up 1.3% to $78.42, the

First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index

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was gaining 1.2% to $24.53, and the

SPDR S&P Biotech Index


was rising 1.1% to $49.73.

Also among winners, the

PowerShares Lux Nanotech


ETF rose as holding

Altair Nanotechnologies


jumped 6.4%. The ETF was recently up 11 cents, or 0.6%, to $17.36.

On the flip side, bundled securities tracking the energy sector were among the worst performers of the day. The front-month May crude contract continued to ease a day after Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad freed 15 British sailors and marines the country captured last month in the Persian Gulf. Crude prices were recently losing 34 cents at $64.04 a barrel.


iPath Goldman Sachs Crude Oil Index

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ETF eased 0.8% to $37.98. The

United States Oil

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ETF was recently down 0.7% to $51.99.