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Stock Industry Subcategories - with example companies provided:


While not perfect in every case, this method to categorize your company stock into both a sector and an industry subcategory helps you to narrow down your stock search and comparison with competitors.

For instance, with Verizon, our stock example, you would find that it belongs in the SERVICES sector, and further it is in the COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES industry subcategory.  You can then look in the same industry subcategory to find that AT&T - symbol T - is a key competitor to Verizon. 

This is when using Google Finance, which we think is a better, more updated service.  Interesting to note that, in Yahoo Finance, it lists Verizon and AT&T under the Technology Sector, in the industry subcategory, Telecom Services - Domestic.  Given that both Verizon and AT&T are now heavily involved in wireless and TV services, it is more appropriate to list them in the Communications Services area which describes them (and fits) more broadly. 

Sectors, Industries and Two Example Stocks for Each:

We did the work for you to list below all sectors and industry subcategories...           back to top
We also provided helpful examples of two stocks from each industry.
  Basic Materials Chemical Manufacturing  Monsanto (MON) & DuPont (DD)
  Chemicals - Plastics & Rubber  Zoltek (ZOLT) & Polyone (POL)
  Containers & Packaging  Owens-Illinois (OI) & Temple-Inland (TIN)
  Fabricated Plastic & Rubber  Carlisle (CSL) & Spartech Corp. (SEH)
  Forestry & Wood Products  LA-Pacific (LPX) & Weyerhaeuser (WY)
  Gold & Silver  Agnico-Eagle (AEM) Eldorado Gold (EGO)
  Iron & Steel  U.S. Steel Corp. (X) & Nucor (NUE)
  Metal Mining  BHP Billiton (BHP) & Cameco (CCJ)
  Misc. Fabricated Products  Parker Hannifin (PH) & Allegheny (ATI)
  Non-Metallic Mining  HWinston Diam. (HWD) & Compass (CMP)
  Paper & Paper Products  Intl. Paper (IP) & MeadWestvaco (MWV)

Capital (Industrial) Goods Aerospace & Defense  Northrop Grumman (NOC) &
      Lockheed Martin (LMT)
  Constr. & Agric. Machinery  Deere & Co. (DE) & Caterpillar Inc. (CAT)
  Constr. - Supplies & Fixtures  Precision Castparts (PCP) &
      Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (AWI)
  Construction - Raw Materials  Vulcan Materials Company (VMC) &
      Martin Marietta Materials Inc.
  Construction Services  Toll Brothers (TOL) & Pulte Homes (PHM)
  Misc. Capital Goods  Terex (TEX) & IL Tool Works Inc. (ITW)
  Mobile Homes & RVs  Winnebago Industries Inc. (WGO) &
      Thor Industries, Inc.

Conglomerates Conglomerates  General Electric (GE) & Textron (TXT)

Consumer Goods - Cyclical Apparel/Accessories  Under Armour, Inc. (UA) &
      Columbia Sportswear Co.
  Appliance & Tool  Whirlpool Corp. (WHR) &
      Jarden Corp. (JAH)
  Audio & Video Equipment  Sony (SNE) &
      Panasonic Corporation ADR (PC)
  Auto & Truck Manufacturers  Ford (F) & Toyota Motor (TM)
  Auto & Truck Parts  Genuine Parts (GPC) & Lear Corp. (LEA)
  Footwear  Nike Inc. (NKE) & CROCS (CROX)
  Furniture & Fixtures  Ethan Allen (ETH) & La-Z-Boy Inc. (LZB)
  Jewelry & Silverware  Movado Group (MOV) & Fossil (FOSL)
  Photography  Eastman Kodak (EK) & Shutterfly (SFLY)
  Recreational Products  Brunswick (BC) & Marine Products (MPX)
  Textiles - Non Apparel  Interface, Inc. (IFSIA) &
      Mohawk Industries Inc.
  Tires  Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) &
      Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

Sectors - cont'd


Sectors and Industries - complete list - continued...                                            back to top
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