The homebuilder sector enjoyed a unanimous rally toward a record Friday, after data showing that new-home construction in March surged more than expected. the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF /zigman2/quotes/202739297/composite XHB +0.21% rallied 1.6% toward a record close, with all 35 equity components gaining ground. Among the more active homebuilders, shares of Toll Brothers Inc. /zigman2/quotes/201912487/composite TOL +0.70% climbed 1.9% and D.R. Horton Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202032328/composite DHI +0.05% hiked up 2.3%, both into record territory, while Lennar Corp. /zigman2/quotes/202536373/composite LEN -1.35% advanced 1.0%, in range of its April 9 record close of $105.52. Also in the homebuilders ETF, shares of Home Depot Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208081807/composite HD -0.22% rallied 1.3% and Lowe's Companies /zigman2/quotes/205563664/composite LOW -0.15% jumped 1.5%, both toward record closes. The homebuilders ETF has run up 29.6% year to date, while the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.07% has gained 11.2%. Housing starts in March rose 19% from February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.74 million, topping expectations of 1.62 million.