Basic materials companies are the unsung heroes of an economic recovery. While vulnerable to times of slowing growth, many of these companies are first in line to benefit from rising industrial production. Demand for everything from chemicals, to plastics, to metals and minerals is rising. And that makes the materials sector worth a look.
With that, we asked some of our contributors which basic materials stocks they thought stood out from the pack. They chose Celanese (NYSE: CE), Linde (NYSE: LIN), and Sherwin-Williams (NYSE: SHW). Here’s why each company is worth adding to your portfolio right now.