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INVESTING | Materials Sector

A Sector is a broad selection of companies with similar characteristics. An Industry is a subset of Sectors where companies are grouped in more specifically than Sectors.


Investors can use Sectors and Industries to efficiently classify and compare companies. Comparing companies with shared Sector and Industry allows an investor to identify relative strengths and weaknesses. Comparing companies across different Sectors and Industries can help identify relationships and trends.


The Materials Sector is a category of stocks for companies involved in the discovery, development, and processing of raw materials. The sector includes companies engaged in mining and metal refining, chemical products, and forestry products.


The Materials Sector include the following five industries:

  1. Chemicals Industry

  2. Construction Materials Industry

  3. Containers & Packaging Industry

  4. Metals & Mining Industry

  5. Paper & Forest Products Industry

The total value of the Materials Sector in the United States is approximately $1.8 trillion.

Materials includes companies like International Paper, DowDupont, and Freeport McMoran.

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