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1 Metals 48.0
2 Petroleum Refining 42.6
3 Mining, Crude-Oil Production 39.7
4 Engineering, Construction 35.3
5 Oil and Gas Equipment, Services 34.0
6 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care 32.5
7 Wholesalers: Diversified 24.8
8 Railroads 24.5
9 Industrial and Farm Equipment 22.4
10 Electronics, Electrical Equipment 22.3
11 Aerospace and Defense 21.8
12 Energy 21.7
13 Food Services 20.9
14 Securities 20.6
15 Wholesalers: Health Care 20.1
16 Hotels, Casinos, Resorts 20.1
17 Scientific, Photographic, and Control Equipment 19.3
18 Internet Services and Retailing 18.8
19 Utilities: Gas and Electric 18.5
20 Insurance: Life, Health (stock) 18.1
21 Medical Products and Equipment 17.6
22 Network and Other Communications Equipment 17.3
23 Chemicals 15.6
24 Computers, Office Equipment 15.0
25 Wholesalers: Electronics and Office Equipment 13.5
26 Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) 12.4
27 Food and Drug Stores 12.0
28 Household and Personal Products 11.6
29 Food Consumer Products 10.8
30 Packaging, Containers 10.6
31 Motor Vehicles and Parts 10.3
32 Beverages 9.7
33 Home Equipment, Furnishings 7.9
34 General Merchandisers 7.9
35 Food Production 7.8
36 Telecommunications 7.8
37 Health Care: Medical Facilities 7.7
38 Specialty Retailers 7.6
39 Commercial Banks 7.4
40 Automotive Retailing, Services 7.2
41 Pharmaceuticals 5.4
42 Information Technology Services 4.0
43 Entertainment 3.1
44 Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components 3.0
45 Homebuilders 2.3
46 Diversified Financials -5.6
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