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Used to characterize a group of securities that are similar with respect to maturity, type, rating, industry, and/or coupon.


A set of securities or individual companies that are similar to each other. For example, all automotive companies in the United States are said to belong to the American automotive sector. See also: Industry.


A group of securities (such as airline stocks) that share certain common characteristics. Stocks that are particularly interest-sensitive are considered a sector.


A sector is a segment of the economy that includes companies providing the same types of products or services.

For example, the utility sector provides electric power, natural gas, water, or a combination of these services. This sector may also include companies who produce power and those that trade it.

Companies within a sector tend to be reasonably consistent in their average earnings per share, price/earnings ratios (P/Es), and other fundamentals. But fundamentals may differ substantially from one sector to another. For example, some sectors are cyclical, rising and falling with changes in the economy while others are defensive, maintaining their strength despite economic ups and downs.

Since there's no official list of sectors, there can be confusion about how many sectors there are, what they're called, and what companies are included in them. For example, transportation is sometimes a standalone sector and sometimes included as part of the industrial sector.

Sector indexes, some of which are broad while others are very narrow, track many of the major sectors of the economy.


a part of the economy that has certain common characteristics that enable it to be separated from other parts of the economy for analytical or policy purposes. A broad division may be made, for example, between economic activities undertaken by the state (the PUBLIC SECTOR) and those that are undertaken by private individuals and businesses (the PRIVATE SECTOR). The private sector, in turn, may be subdivided into the PERSONAL SECTOR (private individuals and households), the CORPORATE SECTOR (businesses supplying goods and services) and the FINANCIAL SECTOR (businesses providing financial services).
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The Georgian health sector has initiated few programs or services to address the need for prevention services among transport sector workers.
JAVED RASHID ASGHAR ARIAN: At present Pakistan private goods transport sector has approximately 450,000 small and big trucks and trailers, which transport 92% of export, import and local cargo by overloading the cargo because if we go on international standard of weight, then this quantity of vehicles is <our required quantity.
We also found certain pervasive misconceptions about HIV/AIDS in the transport sector and a general reluctance of those in authority to see drivers as at risk.
Regarding the environmental impact of this mode of transport, MEPs urge the Commission to table a proposal in 2006, introducing tougher criteria for fuels used in the inland waterway transport sector.
The DBP shall also assist the DOTr in the design, development and implementation of an automatic fare collection system (AFCS) for the public road transport sector.
The delegation showed interest to invest in urban transport sector particularly in projects pertaining to Airport Shuttle Service by plying luxury buses to commute passengers from airport to hotels located at different places in the city on dedicated routes, while drivers of public service vehicles will be properly trained under Bus Drivers Training Simulator Project.
Ambassador in Amman, that the ministry is working to make the local transport sector sustainable and competitive through upgrading transport networks, infrastructure and facilities.
He said that exposure of transport sector to LNG will reduce petrol consumption by billions of gallons stabilising forex reserves.
Actually, there exists an opportunity for a future joint project between both the private and public transport sectors to provide the Lebanese citizens with decent transportation services, all across Lebanon," he added.
The committee head urged those engaged in the transport sector to join the committee's activities and interact with it to help it serve the interests of the development of the transport sector.
He pointed out that the seminar aims at diagnosing the current situation and meet with transport sector stakeholders in the Sultanate.

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