Housing-related exchange-traded funds were among the top performers of Tuesday's session, following positive news in a government report.
The U.S. Census Bureau said housing starts unexpectedly rose 0.8% in March to 1.518 million annualized units. Building permits last month also rose 0.8%, to 1.544 million. On average, economists expected March starts to total 1.50 million, and for permits to dip to a 1.51 million annual pace.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction
ETF was higher by 53 cents, or 1.5%, at $35.60. The
ETF was up 39 cents, or 1.2%, to $33.73.
Also gaining ground was the
HealthShares Emerging Cancer
ETF, aided by gains of 3.1% or more in
. The ETF was recently adding 29 cents, or 1.1%, to $27.18.
Among losers, the
B2B Internet HOLDRs
ETF sank nearly 1%, as holding
slumped 1.8%. The ETF was off 2 cents, or 0.9%, to $2.13.
Bundled securities tracking the energy sector were also among the losers of the day, despite a gain in oil prices. The front-month May crude contract was recently adding 41 cents to $64.02 a barrel.
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment Index
ETF was off 1.2% to $54.44. The
PowerShares DB Oil
ETF was losing 1.1% to $26.15. The
Oil Services HOLDRs
ETF eased 0.8% to $154.27. The
iPath Goldman Sachs Crude Oil Index
was giving back 0.7% to $37.20.