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Tuesday's ETF Winners & Losers

Homebuilder-related funds were among the worst performers Tuesday.

Exchange-traded funds tracking the homebuilding sector were among the worst performers of Tuesday's session, following negative earnings and existing-home sales news.

Before the session began,

Lennar

(LEN)

posted a third-quarter loss of $513.9 million, or $3.25 a share, reversing a year-ago profit due to write-offs and adjustments. Revenue plummeted to $2.34 billion from $4.18 billion, falling short of consensus estimates.

Shortly after, the National Association of Realtors said that existing-home sales fell 4.3% in August to 5.5 million annualized units, as expected. Existing home sales are now at their lowest level in five years, while inventories of single-family homes are at their highest in 18 years.

The

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction

(ITB)

eased 78 cents, or 3.7%, to $20.45. The

SPDR S&P Homebuilders

(XHB)

lost 57 cents, or 2.6%, to $21.52.

Bundled securities following retailers were also under pressure. Home improvement retailer

Lowe's

(LOW)

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issued a profit warning after the last close, saying it now expects fiscal-year earnings at the low end or slightly below its previous guidance, due to regional drought conditions hurting its outdoor offerings.

Target

(TGT)

, meanwhile, reduced its forecast for September same-store sales growth to a range between 1.5% and 2.5%, compared with the previous forecast of 4% to 6%. The stock dropped $2.36, or 3.7%, to $61.94.

The

SPDR S&P Retail

(XRT)

was losing 94 cents, or 2.4%, to $38.34. The

Retail HOLDRs

(RTH)

was down $2.18, or 2.2%, to $99.21. The

PowerShares Dynamic Retail

(PMR)

eased 28 cents, or 1.6%, to $17.79.

Oil-related ETFs were also declining as crude oil slid $1.47 to $79.48 a barrel. The

Ultra Oil & Gas ProShares

(DIG)

shed $2.64, or 2.4%, to $109.30. The

Energy Select Sector SPDR

(XLE)

was off $1.34, or 1.8%, to $74.22. The

Oil Service HOLDRs

(OIH)

was down $3.13, or 1.6%, to $190.19.

On the other hand, technology-related ETFs were among the few winners.

Microsoft

(MSFT)

was one of the big individual winners after

The Wall Street Journal

reported that the software giant is considering buying a stake in the social-networking site Facebook for $300 million to $500 million.

The software giant is also celebrating the launch of the video game

Halo 3

, a title that's expected to boost sales of the Xbox 360 console.

The

Ultra Technology ProShares

(ROM)

was up $1.12, or 1.3%, at $84.99. The

iShares S&P GSTI Software

(IGV)

was adding 51 cents, or 1.1%, to $49.12. The

Technology Select Sector SPDR

(XLK)

rose 23 cents, or 0.9%, to $26.88.