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Used to characterize a group of securities that are similar with respect to maturity, type, rating, industry, and/or coupon.
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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.
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A group of securities (such as airline stocks) that share certain common characteristics. Stocks that are particularly interest-sensitive are considered a sector.
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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.

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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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Plot 522, in Sector G-10/2 measuring 356 sq yd received a bid of Rs92,000 per sq yd.
'The agricultural sector was at one point a leading contributor to the GDP at around 40 per cent, and has since declined significantly to around 2 per cent,' he said.
During December 2018, industrial production remained stable, according to the same source, adding that an increase was recorded in the mechanical and electrical industries sector (+3.0%), the textile, clothing and leather industry sector (+2.5%), the rubber and plastics sector (+5.1%) and the wood industry sector (+3.5%) and the paper industry (+4.8%).
In this sector four firms are cataloged with the paid up capital of Rs58,101.44 million.
According to a notification on establishment of the engagement cell, it will help in advancing the cause of skill enhancement of the youth and would pave way for the employability of the graduates of the technical and vocational education and training sector. An active role of the private sector in planning, designing and delivery of technical and vocational education and training is a prerequisite for producing skilled workforce according to the demands of the labor market.
KARACHI -- National Vocational and Technical Training Commission ( NAVTTC) has established a dedicated private sector engagement cell at its headquarter in order to streamline the collaboration with the private sector.