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Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

Funds tracking homebuilders, health and biotech were higher.

Bundled securities tracking homebuilders were the best performers of the session, as the funds retraced losses from Wednesday, mirroring the action of the major indices.

Among individual housing names,

Meritage Homes

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(HOV) - Get Free Report

were adding 3.1%.

D.R. Horton

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was recently up 1.9%, and


(LEN) - Get Free Report

was gaining 1.5%.


SPDR Homebuilders

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exchange-traded fund was climbing 65 cents, or 2%, to $32.93. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

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ETF was recently up 59 cents, or 1.7%, at $34.58

Health care and biotech ETFs also were higher, thanks to chatter coming out of



. Shares jumped 12% after the company indicated the possibility of a sale.


HealthShares Emerging Cancer


ETF was recently up 1.5% to $27.31. The

First Trust Amex Biotechnology Index

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was gaining 1.4% to $24.78. The

SPDR S&P Biotech

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ETF was better by 1.4% at $50.32.

Meanwhile, the

B2B Internet HOLDRs


ETF was the worst performer of the day, even as holding



rebounded from early losses. The ETF was losing 9 cents, or 4.1%, to $2.09.

Utility-related ETFs were also doing poorly. Among individual names,

FPL Group

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Duke Energy

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Dominion Resources

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were all losing 0.7% or more.


Utilities Select Sector SPDR

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ETF was off 0.6% to $40.65. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities

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ETF was shedding 0.6% to $99.07.The

Utilities HOLDRs


ETF was lower by 0.5% to $143.79.