Thursday's ETF Winners & Losers

Homebuilder-related funds gave up their recent gains Thursday.
Author:
Publish date:

Exchange-traded funds tracking homebuilders were among the worst performers of a mixed session Thursday, as traders booked profits on housing stocks that have surged so far this week.

Recently,

Hovnanian

(HOV) - Get Report

,

Toll Brothers

(TOL) - Get Report

,

D.R. Horton

(DHI) - Get Report

,

Lennar

(LEN) - Get Report

and

Centex

(CTX)

were all dropping.

The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

(ITB) - Get Report

was down 79 cents, or 3.5%, to $21.73. The

SPDR S&P Homebuilders

(XHB) - Get Report

fell 65 cents, or 2.8%, to $22.90.

Oil-related ETFs were also on the decline, as crude continued its multi-session freefall that has lopped nearly 4% off prices. Lately, the November front-month crude contract was shedding 14 cents to $79.80.

The

Ultra Oil & Gas ProShares

(DIG) - Get Report

was losing $1, or 0.9%, to $109.18. The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment Index

(IEZ) - Get Report

was down 45 cents, or 0.7%, to $63.99. The

Energy Select Sector SPDR

(XLE) - Get Report

slid 44 cents, or 0.6%, to $74.03.

Bundled securities tracking the chip sector were also under pressure, a day after

Micron's

(MU) - Get Report

disappointing quarter and Merrill Lynch's bearish coverage of

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

,

Advanced Micro Devices

(AMD) - Get Report

and

Nvidia

(NVDA) - Get Report

.

The

Ultra Semiconductor ProShares

(USD) - Get Report

eased 89 cents, or 1%, to $86.86. The

Semiconductor HOLDRs

(SMH) - Get Report

was down 19 cents, or 0.5%, to $37.97. The

iShares S&P GSTI Semiconductor

(IGW)

was shedding 36 cents, or 0.5%, to $67.17.

On the other hand, utility-related ETFs were among the few winners. Among individual names,

FirstEnergy

(FE) - Get Report

,

Exelon

(EXC) - Get Report

,

Entergy

(ETR) - Get Report

and

Edison International

(EIX) - Get Report

were all higher.

The

Ultra Utilities ProShares

(UPW) - Get Report

was up $1.12, or 1.4%, to $82.44. The

Utilities HOLDRs

(UTH)

was rising $1.35, or 0.9%, to $147.75. The

PowerShares FTSE RAFI Utilities

(PRFU)

added 49 cents, or 0.9%, to $58.02.