Sector Week-in-Review: Metals and Energy Strong on Flat Week

by: Nick Perry

Nick Perry (Schaeffer's Investment Research) submits: Last week, we saw a snapback rally led by strong gains in networking, semiconductors, internet, and software stocks.

This week we find a slight downward bias against a mostly quiet picture:

The PowerShares Energy Exploration & Production fund took the lead along with silver. Gold and some of the other energy funds posted gains this week but most advances were relatively minor. On the downside we see that retail and housing were among the weakest groups, along with internet stocks and transports.

For a longer-term perspective, the bullets below show how the ETFs listed above have faired over the last six-months, prior to this week. In other words, it shows how they had been performing before this week's move.

Prior Six-Month Returns for This Week's Top Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

* PS Energy Exploration & Production (NYSEARCA:PXE) +8.3%
* iShares Silver Trust (NYSEARCA:SLV) n/a
* streetTRACKS Gold (NYSEARCA:GLD) +10.7%
* iShares GS Natural Resources (NYSEARCA:IGE) +5.3%
* iShares DJ U.S. Energy (NYSEARCA:IYE) +7.6%
* SPDR-Energy (NYSEARCA:XLE) +6.3%
* iShares C&S Realty Majors (NYSEARCA:ICF) +7.2%
* Pharmaceutical HOLDRS (NYSEARCA:PPH) +4.3%
* Wilshire REIT Fund (NYSEARCA:RWR) +6.7%
* iShares Lehman 20+ Year Bond (NYSEARCA:TLT) -4.4%
* iShares DJ U.S. Real Estate (NYSEARCA:IYR) +5.8%
* SPDR-Health Care (NYSEARCA:XLV) -0.6%

Prior Six-Month Returns for This Week's Bottom Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

* iShares DJ U.S. Consumer Services (NYSEARCA:IYC) -1.9%
* PS Semiconductors (NYSEARCA:PSI) -12.9%
* iShares S&P SmallCap 600 (NYSEARCA:IJR) -1.9%
* SPDR-Consumer Discretionary (NYSEARCA:XLY) -1.0%
* PS Mid Cap Growth (PWJ) -1.2%
* PS Leisure & Entertainment (NYSEARCA:PEJ) -2.5%
* Retail HOLDRS (NYSEARCA:RTH) -4.1%
* iShares DJ Transportation Average (NYSEARCA:IYT) +0.2%
* Internet HOLDRS (NYSE:HHH) -17.5%
* PS Building & Construction (NYSEARCA:PKB) -15.3%
* SPDR Homebuilders (NYSEARCA:XHB) -29.1%
* PS Retail (NYSEARCA:PMR) -0.2%