Sector: Basic Materials

Performances and investment outlooks for the Basic Materials sector and its industries.

Sector/

Industry

Index Value % of S&P 1500 % Price Change For

Rankings

5(Best) to 1(Worst)

Analyst Rec.

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(0) Neu.

(-) Neg.

1 Wk 13 Wks YTD '99 5 Yrs. STARS Relative Strength
Basic Materials 113.29 2.49 0.1 12.95 –2.53 –12.57 1.39 3.01 3 Underweight
Agricultural Products 176.4 0.1 –0.78 25.78 2.73 25.98 11.25 3 5 -
Aluminum 191.91 0.33 –4.29 27.94 6.29 –19.15 13.34 2.99 3 0
Chemicals 124.83 0.85 1.01 7.4 –7.24 –17.28 2.51 3.05 3 0
Chemicals (Diversified) 142.97 0.11 0.88 12.83 6.4 22.16 7.05 3.63 4 +
Chemicals (Specialty) 99.51 0.22 0.44 9.13 0.1 –7.58 –1.25 3.37 3 +
Construction (Cement & Aggregates) 242.18 0.06 –0.38 9.62 –3.73 18.83 19.46 2.08 3 0
Containers & Packaging (Paper) 120.33 0.06 0.69 20.93 1.41 –4.64 3.73 3 4 -
Gold & Precious Metals Mining 42.66 0.1 2.13 13.66 –9.08 –15.9 –18.75 4 2 +
Iron & Steel 49.83 0.08 0.99 8.77 4.26 –39.01 –12.93 2.98 2 -
Metals Mining 61.7 0.07 0.53 27.4 3.43 –30.26 –9.81 2.5 3 0
Paper & Forest Products 117.1 0.46 0.9 11.76 –4.33 –16.16 3.8 2.6 3 -

Sector STARS: The weighted averages of company STARS in the sector or industry. A higher number is better.

Relative Strength: The index's 6-month performance versus the S&P 1500. A higher number is better.

Recommendations: Industry outlooks are S&P analysts' investment outlooks for index and non-index companies. Sector weightings reflect Standard & Poor's Investment Policy Committee input.

The Relative Strength Graph represents the sector's 52-week price performance vs. that of the S&P 1500 Super Composite. If the purple line moves below 100, the sector is underperforming the market, and if it moves above 100, the sector Is outperforming the market.

The S&P 1500 Super Composite normalized at 100

The sector's 52-week price performance

The relative-strength trend line over the last 200 days

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