Some of 2012’s Best Sector ETFs Kept Soaring in 2013

iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB)

2012 Gain: 78.1%

2013 YTD: Up  5.6%

Comment: It is clear that ITB will come nowhere close to mirroring its 2012 performance and that a tapering-induced swoon of nearly 27% from May through early September had a lot to do with that. Housing data is improving, indicating that ITB was something of a leading indicator last year, but the ETF is one of plenty of recognizable names that are still nowhere close to recapturing its pre-financial crisis glory. [ETFs Still Nowhere Close to Pre-Crisis Highs]