The home builder sector was broadly higher in afternoon trade Thursday, as upbeat pending home sales data helped provide some relief for investors suffering from a long bout of selling. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF climbed 3.3%, with 33 of 35 components contributing to gains. The ETF had closed Wednesday at the lowest level since Nov. 9, 2016. That followed a 26-session stretch in which the ETF declined 23 times, including a longest-ever losing streak of 13 sessions. The ETF's biggest gainer Thursday was Whirlpool Corp.'s stock , which shot up 7.7% after the home appliances maker reported late Wednesday third-quarter earnings that were well above expectations. Among the ETF's most active stocks, PulteGroup Inc. rallied 5.7%, Lennar Corp. rose 4.8% and D.R. Horton Inc. gained 4.1%. The ETF was still down 14% over the past three months, while the S&P 500 has lost 4.7%.