Meet Our New 11 Stock Sectors

Our signature application, SFTW Investor, helps you discover undervalued stocks.  We provide safety score ratings for not just individual stocks, but also overall stock sectors and industries.  And in order to help you more quickly discover potential stock opportunities, we’ve partnered with Y-Charts to bring you more detailed information, helping you filter stocks more quickly and make smarter investing decisions.

Meet our new expanded 11 stock sectors:

Here are some quick definitions of each sector (in alphabetical order – you can view by safety score in the application):

  • Basic Materials: Sector containing companies involved in the primary processing and refinement of raw materials used in the construction process, including metals, wood, and chemicals.
  • Communication Services:
  • Consumer Cyclical: Providers of goods with the primary purpose of direct consumption by individual consumers. Includes durable and non-durable goods, used once or multiple times.  Cyclical stocks are those that are not strongly subject to overall economic situation.
  • Consumer Defensive: Providers of goods with the primary purpose of direct consumption by individual consumers. Includes durable and non-durable goods, used once or multiple times.  Cyclical stocks are those that are likely subject to overall economic situation.
  • Energy: Sector containing companies related to producing or supplying energy. This sector includes companies involved in the exploration and development of oil or gas reserves, integrated power firms, oil and gas drilling.
  • Financial Services: Sector containing firms providing financial services to commercial and retail customers. Includes investment funds, banks, real estate and insurance companies.
  • Healthcare: Companies that provide goods or services relating to medicine or health care. Includes pharmaceuticals, health maintenance organizations, hospital management firms, and medical device manufacturers.
  • Industrials: Sector containing companies that produce machinery, manufacturing plants, or component parts for use in the production of consumer goods.
  • Real Estate: Sector containing companies that produce services rather than tangible end products. Includes wholesalers and retailers involved in the distribution and sale of goods.
  • Technology: Industry containing companies that develop hardware and software or provide other services related to technology. Responsible for internet, information, and communication based innovations.
  • Utilities: Sector containing companies that purchase and redistribute resources such as electricity, water, and gas. Includes companies that are responsible for power generation and infrastructure maintenance.

How to Use Sector Data in SFTW Investor

We’ve written before about using the sector data in SFTW Investor to spread out investments across sectors to maximize returns, but there are also some other great uses for the sector information in SFTW Investor:

  • You can explore our database of nearly 3,000 stocks to find undervalued, unfamiliar stocks in familiar sectors as well as find undervalued stocks in unfamiliar sectors.
  • Watch the overall sector safety score values to get a snapshot of the health of various areas of the market.
  • Filter the many daily recommendations we offer you into more manageable lists, grouped by sector.
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Written by Andy Hayes

is a lifestyle expert and runs his own online magazine, Plum Deluxe. Andy is based in Portland, Oregon.

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