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1 Mining, Crude-Oil Production 20.3
2 Petroleum Refining 20.1
3 Engineering, Construction 16.5
4 Food Services 14.5
5 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care 13.8
6 Wholesalers: Health Care 12.4
7 Wholesalers: Diversified 12.1
8 Industrial and Farm Equipment 12.0
9 Oil and Gas Equipment, Services 11.4
10 Metals 11.4
11 Beverages 11.1
12 Electronics, Electrical Equipment 11.1
13 Medical Products and Equipment 10.9
14 Securities 10.4
15 Energy 10.1
16 Network and Other Communications Equipment 9.3
17 Aerospace and Defense 9.3
18 Food Production 8.7
19 Computers, Office Equipment 8.4
20 Utilities: Gas and Electric 8.2
21 Railroads 8.2
22 Homebuilders 8.0
23 Specialty Retailers 8.0
24 Household and Personal Products 7.7
25 Automotive Retailing, Services 7.3
26 General Merchandisers 7.0
27 Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) 6.9
28 Food and Drug Stores 6.0
29 Home Equipment, Furnishings 5.4
30 Chemicals 5.3
31 Telecommunications 5.1
32 Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components 4.6
33 Commercial Banks 4.6
34 Food Consumer Products 4.4
35 Diversified Financials 3.7
36 Pharmaceuticals 3.5
37 Packaging, Containers 2.3
38 Information Technology Services 1.7
39 Wholesalers: Electronics and Office Equipment 1.5
40 Entertainment 1.5
41 Motor Vehicles and Parts -0.4
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