Mid-Day ETF Update: ETFs, Stocks Extend Losses as Disappointment About Earnings, Economic Data and Europe Weighs

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Active broad-market exchange-traded funds at mid-day:

SPDR S&P 500 ( SPY ): -1.35%

PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 ( QQQ ): -2%

iShares Russell 2000 Index ( IWM ): -1.89%

Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF ): -1%, still near year high

iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index ( FXI ): -0.53%

Broad Market Indicators

Broad-market exchange-traded funds, including SPY, IWM, IVV and others, continue to be weaker. Actively traded PowerShares QQQ ( QQQ ) is down 2%.

U.S. stocks continue to sink as disappointment with housing data, corporate earnings reports, and the perceived EU inaction on the debt crisis in Europe takes a toll on market sentiment.

Winners and Losers

Financial -

Select Financial Sector SPDRs ( XLF ) is down 1%, but is still near its year high. Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X shares (FAS) is down 3%. Its bearish counterpart, FAZ, is up 3%.

Among financial actives, E*TRADE Financial (ETFC) is down 8.6%, adding to losses of about 5% in yesterday's late trading, when the company reported a Q3 loss of $0.10 per share, ex one-time items, versus the Capital IQ consensus of $0.09 earnings per share. Revenues were $490 mln, versus the analyst estimate of $440.19 mln.

Technology -

Most Tech ETFs continue to skid lower: Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK), down 1.7%; iShares Dow Jones US Technology ETF (IYW), down 1.9%; iShares S&P North American Technology ETF (IGM), down 1.7%; and iShares S&P North American Technology-Software Index (IGV), down 1.65%.

Semiconductor ETFs are lower, sinking near year lows: SPDR S&P Semiconductor (XSD) is down 3.1%, just above its year low of $40.30; Semiconductor Sector Index Fund (SOXX) is down 2.5%. SPDR S&P International Technology Sector ETF (IPK) is down 1%.

Energy -

Dow Jones U.S. Energy Fund (IYE) is down 1.3%; Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) is down 1.32%.

Commodities -

Crude was down 1.63%; natural gas was up 0.97%, nearing its year high. United States Oil Fund (USO) is down 1.9%. United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) is up 1.2%.

Gold was down 1.44% while silver was down 2.55%. Among rare metal funds, SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) is down 1.1%; iShares Silver Trust (SLV) is down 2%.

Healthcare -

Healthcare ETFs Health Care SPDR (XLV), down 1.55%; Vanguard Health Care ETF (VHT), down 1.7% from near year highs; and iShares Dow Jones US Healthcare (IYH), down 1.6% from near year highs. Also, Biotech ETF iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (IBB) is down 3%.

Consumer ETFs are lower: Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP), down 1%; iShares Dow Jones US Consumer Goods (IYK), down 0.51%; and Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (VDC), down 1.2%.

Retail ETFs are also weaker: SPDR S&P Retail (XRT), down 1.8%; PowerShares Dynamic Retail (PMR), down 0.81%; and Market Vectors Retail ETF (RTH), down 1% but earlier touched a new year high of $45.37.

Power Play -

Industrial -

Homebuilder ETFs showed early strength, even jumping to new year highs, before pulling back and settling in the red following the downbeat housing data. SPDR S&P Homebuilders (XHB) is now down 0.4% but earlier touched a new year high of $26.35. iShares Dow Jones US Home Construction Index Fund (ITB) is flat after also reaching a new year high of $21.10; and PowerShares Dynamic Building & Construction Portfolio (PKB) is off 1.5% from near its 52-week high.

Industrial ETFs are in the red: Vanguard Industrials (VIS), down 1.3%; iShares Trust Dow Jones U.S. Industrial Sector Index Fund (IYJ), down 1.5%; and Select Sector SPDR-Industrial (XLI), down 1.6%.



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Referenced Stocks: FXI , IWM , QQQ , SPY , XLF

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