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Stock Market Sectors

Basic Materials
    Metals -steel, aluminum, etc
    Chemicals
    Wood
    Paper Products

Retailers
    Apparel
    Department Stores
    Specialty Stores

Consumer, Cyclical
    Automotive
    Clothing Manufacturing
    Home Construction
    Hotels
    Restaurants

Consumer, Non-cyclical
    Alcoholic Beverage
    Cosmetics & Personal Care
    Food
    Healthcare Providers
    Household Products
    Medical Supplies
    Pharmaceuticals
    Tobacco

Energy
    Oil
    Natural Gas
    Power Plants
    Exploration Equipment

Financial
    Banks
    Insurance
    Securities Brokers

Technology
    Communications
    Computers
    Office Equipment
    Semiconductors (computer chips)
    Software

Transportation
    Airfreight Services
    Airlines
    Railroads
    Ocean-going Shipping
    Trucking

Utilities
    Electrical
    Telephone
    Natural Gas Delivery
    Water

Industrial
    Containers and packaging
    Factory Equipment
    Heavy Construction
    Heavy Machinery
    Waste Management

Bio-technology has recently become its own sector, and some will argue that other types of industries (as many as 190) are in fact unique sectors. What I offer is just a guideline.

If you are drawn to investing in individual sectors, Fidelity has just the fund for you.

Other Stock Market Basics Topics:

  1. Mutual Fund Advantages
  2. History of Mutual Funds
  3. NAV
  4. Dollar Cost Averaging
  5. General advice about choosing a fund
  6. Mutual Fund Ratings
  7. Evaluating Mutual Fund Investment Risk
  8. Mutual Fund Share Classes
  9. Mutual Fund Fees
  10. The Mutual Fund Prospectus
  11. How important is the manager's length of experience?
  12. Why is the prospectus hard to understand?
  13. Mutual Fund Annual Report
  14. Comparing your fund to the competition
  15. Comparing funds on an after-tax basis
  16. Average Return on Investment
  17. How Not to Pick a Mutual Fund
  18. Cashing in Your Fund
  19. When to Sell Your Fund
  20. Mutual Funds and Asset Allocation
  21. When to get started with a mutual fund
  22. Types of Mutual Funds
  23. Value Stock Funds
  24. Growth Stock Funds
  25. Small and Micro-cap Stocks
  26. Mid Cap
  27. Large Cap Companies
  28. Income Stock Funds
  29. Mutual Fund Index
  30. Enhanced Index Funds
  31. Sector Mutual Funds
  32. Stock Market Sectors
  33. Defensive Stocks
  34. International Funds
  35. Real Estate Mutual Funds
  36. Socially Responsible Funds
  37. Balanced Funds
  38. Tax-Efficient Funds
  39. Bond Convertible Funds
  40. Junk Bond Funds
  41. Mixtures of stock types
  42. Closed End Funds
  43. Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s)
  44. Stock Picking Strategy - Picking your own stocks?
  45. Fund names, and what they really invest in
  46. How to get started
  47. Where can I start investing with no money?

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