Module 1 – How to Track Price Action on Ichimoku Charts
Module 2 – Finding Support and Resistance
Module 3 – Reading the Charts

Finding the Sector a Stock Belongs To and Sector ETFs

Your trading brokerage should have a way for you to see the sector, industry, and sub-industry of stocks you are researching.

For example, here is a Watchlist of the S&P 100 showing the first symbols and the sector, industry, and sub-industry that they belong to. This is from ThinkorSwim on the Charles Schwab platform.

If you don’t have a brokerage account yet you can use Finviz which shows the Sector and Industry.

NOTE: sometimes different platforms will call the sectors/industries different names.

For instance, there are differences with ABT, Abbott Laboratories.
Thinkorswim – Sector Health Care, Industry Health Care Equipment & Sales
Finviz – Sector Healthcare, Industry Medical Devices.

Global Industry Classification Standard

Wikipedia has a page that shows Sector>Industry Group>Industry>Sub-Industry.

If you are looking for an ETF for a Sub-Industry, you can use this list to find the name of the sub-industry. Then search for that name on an ETF site. 

Side Quest: Industry Classification
Link to Wikipedia GICS page.

Sector ETFs by State Street Global Advisors

The easiest way to see how well a sector is performing on charts is to use a sector ETF. Several companies manage sector ETFs and one of the largest is State Street Global Advisors SPDR series.

We’ll use their symbols as examples but you can use other companies as well. There are many different sectors but below are some of the top ones.

XLY – Consumer Discretionary
This sector can also be called Consumer Services, Discretionary, or Cyclicals

XLK – Technology or Computers & information

XLI – Industrials or Industrial Goods

XLB – Basic Materials

XLE – Energy or Oil & Gas (Finviz has these under Basic Materials)

XLP – Consumer Goods or Staples or Non-Cyclical or Defensive

XLV – Health Care or Healthcare

XLU – Utilities

XLF – Financials

XLC – Communication Services

Then there are smaller ones like:
XBI – Biotechnology
XOP – Oil & Gas Exploration & Production
KRE – Banking
XAR – Aerospace & Defence

To see a complete list of SSGA ETFs, go to then sign in as an individual. Click on “ETF Finder” then sort by “AUM.”


Another way to find ETFs for sectors is to use an ETF website. Sector List

Side Quest: Sectors
Links to sector ETF list.
_____ Sector List’s sector list includes over 500 ETFs.

Side Quest: Sectors
Links to sector ETF list.

ETF Channel

ETF Channel allows you to search for a stock symbol to see which ETFs hold the stock.

Side Quest: ETF Channel

Links to the ABT, Abbott Laboratories page.