# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Sector

A company’s general area of business.

Morningstar divides stocks into 11 sectors according to their primary business, grouped into three larger Super Sectors. The Communication Services, Energy, Industrials and Technology sectors make up the Sensitive Super Sector; Healthcare, Consumer Defensive and Utilities make up the Defensive Super Sector; and Basic Materials, Consumer Cyclical, Financial Services and Real Estate form the Cyclical Super Sector.

Because sectors can differ greatly in their characteristics, comparing a stock with its sector rather than the market as a whole is generally a better way of putting it in the proper context.

 

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