Tuesday's ETF Winners & Losers

Funds tracking homebuilders rise on optimistic housing data.
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Exchange-traded funds tracking homebuilders were among the best performers Tuesday. Shortly after the session began, the National Association of Realtors said its Pending Home Sales Index, based on sales contracts signed, rose 0.7% to 109.3 in February, from 108.5 in January.

The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

(ITB) - Get Report

ETF was rising 2.2% at $34.49. The

SPDR Homebuilders

(XHB) - Get Report

ETF was higher by 2.1% at $32.83.

The

Internet Infrastructure HOLDRs

(IIH)

ETF was another winner. Holdings

Akamai Technologies

(AKAM) - Get Report

,

BEA Systems

(BEAS)

and

Internap Network Services

(INAP) - Get Report

were adding 2% or more, and the ETF was climbing 14 cents, or 2.7%, to $5.28.

Other winners include

Retail HOLDRs

(RTH) - Get Report

, which rose 1.6% as holdings

Best Buy

(BBY) - Get Report

,

Home Depot

(HD) - Get Report

,

Lowe's

(LOW) - Get Report

and

Target

(TGT) - Get Report

were all higher by 2% or greater. The retail ETF was gaining $1.65 to $103.33.

Elsewhere, bundled securities tracking the energy sector were among the worst performers of the day. The front-month May crude contract fell hard after Iran's top international negotiator, Ali Larijani, suggested discussions with Britain in order to resolve the captive situation peacefully.

Iran nabbed 15 British sailors and marines while they were searching vessels in the Persian Gulf on March 23 and has held them since. Crude prices were recently losing $1.73 at $64.21 a barrel.

The

United States Oil

(USO) - Get Report

ETF was recently down 2.2% to $52.40. The

iPath Goldman Sachs Crude Oil Index

(OIL) - Get Report

ETF eased 2.2% to $38.24. The

PowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration

(PXE) - Get Report

ETF was shedding 0.5% to $20.40. The

Oil Services HOLDRs

(OIH) - Get Report

ETF was recently lower by 0.2% to $148.26.