Materials like metal, concrete and chemicals are the foundation of the global economy—every sector requires basic materials, after all. Materials sector stocks belong to companies that manufacture, mine and produce the core materials that make production possible worldwide.

If you’d like to add materials stocks to your portfolio, you have a wide range of options. To help with your research, here are profiles of the 10 largest materials stocks by total market capitalization, along with a look at their most recent performance.

Published by Benjamin Curry in Forbes.