Basic Materials Sector

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Definition: Basic Materials Sector

Basic Materials Sector

Full Definition of Basic Materials Sector

The Basic Materials Sector consists of companies involved with the discovery, development and processing of raw materials.

Industry Components of the Basic Materials Sector

The following industries are grouped under the Basic Materials sector.

  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Chemicals – Plastics & Rubber
  • Containers & Packaging
  • Fabricated Plastic & Rubber
  • Forestry & Wood Products
  • Gold & Silver
  • Iron & Steel
  • Metal Mining
  • Misc. Fabricated Products
  • Non-Metallic Mining
  • Paper & Paper Products

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Basic Materials and the Business Cycle

The basic materials sector is sensitive to changes in the business cycle. Because the sector supplies materials for construction, it depends on a strong economy. This sector is also sensitive to supply and demand fluctuations because the price of raw materials, such as gold or other metals, is largely demand-driven.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Basic Materials Sector are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 23rd March, 2020 | 3 Views.