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Sectornomics: Materials

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  • Materials and China

    Materials tend to be closely correlated with China, the top consumer for many commodities and chemicals. We crunched the numbers with Kensho to see how materials perform when there are signs of weakness in the world’s second largest economy.

  • Materials in the new year

    History shows that this sector tends to rally in the fourth quarter - and indeed materials have gained 10% this time as well. But how do these stocks fare once a new calendar year starts?

  • Palladium crystal

    It may be time for a new metal to shine. Palladium is up 7% year to date and analysts say it's still got room to run.

  • Fears about Russian sanctions are driving the price of palladium to 13-year highs, and analysts say it could go much higher.

  • A battery awaits installation in a Model S sedan at Tesla's assembly plant in Fremont, California

    Tesla’s Gigafactory will turn an innovative carmaker into another kind of company: a metals market supply-chain manager of lithium and cobalt.

  • Most investors shy away from materials stocks, opening up some opportunities for some value stock bargains.

  • Seed giants Monsanto and DuPont are betting on Ukraine as a corn belt to rival the U.S., but the wrong seeds of change could cause crop failure.

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  • The big bright spot in the materials sector

    Metals and mining companies have taken a beating in 2015 but building-related names and chemicals producers have had a great year. What's driving these stocks higher? Will it continue in 2016?

  • Materials and China

    Materials tend to be closely correlated with China, the top consumer for many commodities and chemicals. We crunched the numbers with Kensho to see how materials perform when there are signs of weakness in the world’s second largest economy.

  • Materials in the new year

    History shows that this sector tends to rally in the fourth quarter - and indeed materials have gained 10% this time as well. But how do these stocks fare once a new calendar year starts?

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