Exchange-traded funds tracking homebuilders were among the top performers of Friday's session. Among homebuilder names,
was up 2.8%,
was adding 2.3%,
was higher by 2.1%, and
was rising 1.3%.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction
ETF was recently up 1.4%, or 47 cents, to $34.49. The
ETF was climbing 35 cents, or 1.1%, to $32.75.
ETF was also rising. Holding
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
ETF was up 1.3% to $78.42, the
First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index
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
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
ETF eased 0.8% to $37.98. The
United States Oil
ETF was recently down 0.7% to $51.99.