New Communication Services Sector

August 30, 2018 | Rob Britenbach, CIPM, Research Analyst, U.S. Equities

Effective after market close on September 21, 2018, S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI Inc. will implement a significant revision to the Global Industry Classification Standards (GICS) structure. The telecommunication services sector is scheduled to undergo an expansion that will include several companies currently housed within the consumer discretionary and information technology sectors. The newly broadened telecommunication services sector will be renamed communication services and will contain two broad industry groups: telecommunication services and media & entertainment. The media industry group, previously categorized under consumer discretionary, will move to the communication services sector and be renamed media & entertainment. The reclassified media & entertainment industry group will contain a variety of industries engaged in modern media and entertainment channels. The purpose of this GICS structure change is to broadly include companies within one sector that facilitate communication and offer related content and information through various platforms. The change is an acknowledgement of consolidation occurring and overlapping services provided today within the media, telecommunications, and internet industries.

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Rob Britenbach, CIPM
Research Analyst, U.S. Equities

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