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Value Creators and Destroyers in 2008 -- Page 2

We take a look at the best and worst performers of the first half of 2008.

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Energy and industrial materials remain the top-performing sectors, after topping this same chart in 2007. Industrial materials and energy price gains were driven by increasing commodity prices demand.

Energy gains were led by foreign oil and gas companies including  Brazilian Petroleum (PBR) and  EnCana Corporation (ECA), both of which make our list of the top 10 value creators for the year. Industrial materials gains were all commodity-driven, with mining and steel companies leading the charge. Agricultural firms were the stars of the first half of 2008, boosted by the creation of the coveted potash product. Agriculture plays  Monsanto (MON) and  Potash Corporation (POT) both appear on our top 10 value creators list.

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