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Jeff Reeves’s Strength in Numbers: This under-the-radar market sector can shift your stock portfolio into overdrive

When most investors think about dynamic sectors, technology springs to mind first. After all, what’s more impressive than a small-cap cybersecurity stock or cloud-computing startup that doubles your money in short order?

But lately technology hasn’t quite been able to keep up with a select group of rather old school stocks. Select materials companies, including oil and gas firms as well as metal and chemical companies, have been booming — and outperforming even big-name picks like Apple AAPL, +0.93% and Alphabet GOOGL, -0.07% in 2018.

Sure, some stocks have been under pressure — like Freeport-McMoRan FCX, +4.26% , which has tumbled 12% in the last month after reporting poor earnings, or Arconic ARNC, +0.17% , which imploded on fears of a trade war and is currently down over 30% so far this year.

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