Global Industry Classification Standard

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The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) is an industry taxonomy developed in 1999 by MSCI and Standard & Poor's (S&P) for use by the global financial community. The GICS structure consists of 11 sectors, 24 industry groups, 68 industries and 157 sub-industries [1] into which S&P has categorized all major public companies. The system is similar to ICB (Industry Classification Benchmark), a classification structure maintained by FTSE Group.

GICS is used as a basis for S&P and MSCI financial market indexes in which each company is assigned to a sub-industry, and to a corresponding industry, industry group and sector, according to the definition of its principal business activity.

"GICS" is a registered trademark of McGraw Hill Financial and MSCI Inc.[2][3]

Classification[4][edit]

  • 11 Sectors
  • 24 Industry Groups
  • 68 Industries
  • 157 Sub-Industries
Sector Industry Group Industry Sub-Industry
10 Energy 1010 Energy 101010 Energy Equipment & Services 10101010 Oil & Gas Drilling
10101020 Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
101020 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels 10102010 Integrated Oil & Gas
10102020 Oil & Gas Exploration & Production
10102030 Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing
10102040 Oil & Gas Storage & Transportation
10102050 Coal & Consumable Fuels
15 Materials 1510 Materials
151010 Chemicals 15101010 Commodity Chemicals
15101020 Diversified Chemicals
15101030 Fertilizers & Agricultural Chemicals
15101040 Industrial Gases
15101050 Specialty Chemicals
151020 Construction Materials 15102010 Construction Materials
151030 Containers & Packaging 15103010 Metal & Glass Containers
15103020 Paper Packaging
151040 Metals & Mining 15104010 Aluminum
15104020 Diversified Metals & Mining
15104025 Copper
15104030 Gold
15104040 Precious Metals & Minerals
15104045 Silver
15104050 Steel
151050 Paper & Forest Products 15105010 Forest Products
15105020 Paper Products
20 Industrials 2010 Capital Goods 201010 Aerospace & Defense 20101010 Aerospace & Defense
201020 Building Products 20102010 Building Products
201030 Construction & Engineering 20103010 Construction & Engineering
201040 Electrical Equipment 20104010 Electrical Components & Equipment
20104020 Heavy Electrical Equipment
201050 Industrial Conglomerates 20105010 Industrial Conglomerates
201060 Machinery 20106010 Construction Machinery & Heavy Trucks
20106015 Agricultural & Farm Machinery
20106020 Industrial Machinery
201070 Trading Companies & Distributors 20107010 Trading Companies & Distributors
2020 Commercial & Professional Services 202010 Commercial Services & Supplies 20201010 Commercial Printing
20201050 Environmental & Facilities Services
20201060 Office Services & Supplies
20201070 Diversified Support Services
20201080 Security & Alarm Services
202020 Professional Services 20202010 Human Resource & Employment Services
20202020 Research & Consulting Services
2030 Transportation 203010 Air Freight & Logistics 20301010 Air Freight & Logistics
203020 Airlines 20302010 Airlines
203030 Marine 20303010 Marine
203040 Road & Rail 20304010 Railroads
20304020 Trucking
203050 Transportation Infrastructure 20305010 Airport Services
20305020 Highways & Railtracks
20305030 Marine Ports & Services
25 Consumer Discretionary 2510 Automobiles & Components 251010 Auto Components 25101010 Auto Parts & Equipment
25101020 Tires & Rubber
251020 Automobiles 25102010 Automobile Manufacturers
25102020 Motorcycle Manufacturers
2520 Consumer Durables & Apparel 252010 Household Durables 25201010 Consumer Electronics
25201020 Home Furnishings
25201030 Homebuilding
25201040 Household Appliances
25201050 Housewares & Specialties
252020 Leisure Products 25202010 Leisure Products
252030 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods 25203010 Apparel, Accessories & Luxury Goods
25203020 Footwear
25203030 Textiles
2530 Consumer Services 253010 Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure 25301010 Casinos & Gaming
25301020 Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines
25301030 Leisure Facilities
25301040 Restaurants
253020 Diversified Consumer Services 25302010 Education Services
25302020 Specialized Consumer Services
2540 Media 254010 Media 25401010 Advertising
25401020 Broadcasting
25401025 Cable & Satellite
25401030 Movies & Entertainment
25401040 Publishing
2550 Retailing 255010 Distributors 25501010 Distributors
255020 Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 25502020 Internet & Direct Marketing Retail
255030 Multiline Retail 25503010 Department Stores
25503020 General Merchandise Stores
255040 Specialty Retail 25504010 Apparel Retail
25504020 Computer & Electronics Retail
25504030 Home Improvement Retail
25504040 Specialty Stores
25504050 Automotive Retail
25504060 Homefurnishing Retail
30 Consumer Staples 3010 Food & Staples Retailing 301010 Food & Staples Retailing 30101010 Drug Retail
30101020 Food Distributors
30101030 Food Retail
30101040 Hypermarkets & Super Centers
3020 Food, Beverage & Tobacco 302010 Beverages 30201010 Brewers
30201020 Distillers & Vintners
30201030 Soft Drinks
302020 Food Products 30202010 Agricultural Products
30202030 Packaged Foods & Meats
302030 Tobacco 30203010 Tobacco
3030 Household & Personal Products 303010 Household Products 30301010 Household Products
303020 Personal Products 30302010 Personal Products
35 Health Care 3510 Health Care Equipment & Services 351010 Health Care Equipment & Supplies 35101010 Health Care Equipment
35101020 Health Care Supplies
351020 Health Care Providers & Services 35102010 Health Care Distributors
35102015 Health Care Services
35102020 Health Care Facilities
35102030 Managed Health Care
351030 Health Care Technology 35103010 Health Care Technology
3520 Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences 352010 Biotechnology 35201010 Biotechnology
352020 Pharmaceuticals 35202010 Pharmaceuticals
352030 Life Sciences Tools & Services 35203010 Life Sciences Tools & Services
40 Financials 4010 Banks 401010 Banks 40101010 Diversified Banks
40101015 Regional Banks
401020 Thrifts & Mortgage Finance 40102010 Thrifts & Mortgage Finance
4020 Diversified Financials 402010 Diversified Financial Services 40201020 Other Diversified Financial Services
40201030 Multi-Sector Holdings
40201040 Specialized Finance
402020 Consumer Finance 40202010 Consumer Finance
402030 Capital Markets 40203010 Asset Management & Custody Banks
40203020 Investment Banking & Brokerage
40203030 Diversified Capital Markets
40203040 Financial Exchanges & Data
402040 Mortgage Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) 40204010 Mortgage REITs
4030 Insurance 403010 Insurance 40301010 Insurance Brokers
40301020 Life & Health Insurance
40301030 Multi-line Insurance
40301040 Property & Casualty Insurance
40301050 Reinsurance
45 Information Technology 4510 Software & Services 451010 Internet Software & Services 45101010 Internet Software & Services
451020 IT Services 45102010 IT Consulting & Other Services
45102020 Data Processing & Outsourced Services
451030 Software 45103010 Application Software
45103020 Systems Software
45103030 Home Entertainment Software
4520 Technology Hardware & Equipment 452010 Communications Equipment 45201020 Communications Equipment
452020 Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals 45202030 Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals
452030 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components 45203010 Electronic Equipment & Instruments
45203015 Electronic Components
45203020 Electronic Manufacturing Services
45203030 Technology Distributors
4530 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment 453010 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment 45301010 Semiconductor Equipment
45301020 Semiconductors
50 Telecommunication Services 5010 Telecommunication Services 501010 Diversified Telecommunication Services 50101010 Alternative Carriers
50101020 Integrated Telecommunication Services
501020 Wireless Telecommunication Services 50102010 Wireless Telecommunication Services
55 Utilities 5510 Utilities 551010 Electric Utilities 55101010 Electric Utilities
551020 Gas Utilities 55102010 Gas Utilities
551030 Multi-Utilities 55103010 Multi-Utilities
551040 Water Utilities 55104010 Water Utilities
551050 Independent Power and Renewable Electricity Producers 55105010 Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders
55105020 Renewable Electricity
60 Real Estate 6010 Real Estate 601010 Equity Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) 60101010 Diversified REITs
60101020 Industrial REITs
60101030 Hotel & Resort REITs
60101040 Office REITs
60101050 Health Care REITs
60101060 Residential REITs
60101070 Retail REITs
60101080 Specialized REITs
601020 Real Estate Management & Development 60102010 Diversified Real Estate Activities
60102020 Real Estate Operating Companies
60102030 Real Estate Development
60102040 Real Estate Services

Revisions[edit]

The classification is continuously updated by S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI.[5] In November 2014 they proposed to introduce a new sector for real estate, as well as adding a new sub-industry for copper, both to be effective on August 31, 2016.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2014-12-19. 
  2. ^ "MSCI-Barra GICS Tables". Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  3. ^ "MSCI-Barra GICS Sector Definitions" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  4. ^ http://www.msci.com/products/indexes/sector/gics/gics_structure.html
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-22. Retrieved 2015-01-25. 

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