Stocks: Should You Ride the Cyclicals?

S&P's latest list turns up 34 attractive names from the energy, materials, industrials, and information technology sectors

For the first time in three years, stocks in cyclical industries (i.e., those that are sensitive to business cycles and whose performance is tied to the overall economy), have a higher net margin, on average, than noncyclicals, according to Massimo Santicchia, a director of portfolio services at Standard & Poor's. (Net margins are a company's net profit divided by net revenues, often expressed as a percentage.)

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