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GICS Direct

GICS Direct

GICS DirectSM provides the investment community with access to a comprehensive and up-to-date database of global companies classified with the GICS structure and methodology. Each company is first classified in one of the 10 sectors, 24 industry groups, and 68 industries which are then categorized into 154 GICS sub-industries.


Key Advantages

  • Address the needs of the changing global economy using current company-level classification codes based upon business activity
  • Be confident that you are comparing companies within respective sectors, industry groups, industries, and sub-industries
  • Effectively identify niche findings in emerging markets
  • Gain efficiencies by using a common framework that enables portfolio diversification and timely asset allocation decisions
  • Validate research and portfolio construction using the globally recognized classification system
  • Limit risk by using standardized industry definitions, which ensure that stock classifications are grouping similar companies accurately

Key Features


Extensive Global Coverage

  • A growing global database of over 40,000 active company classifications
  • More than 45,000 active securities
  • Company coverage from more than 120 countries
Precise, Timely and Relevant Updates

  • Daily monitoring for corporate actions that can affect a company’s classification
  • Annual review for changes in business activity
  • Use of both quantitative and qualitative measures to ensure companies are appropriately classified
Significant Data Items

  • Company name and security tags
  • GICS classification codes and descriptions
  • CUSIP* (separate license required), SEDOL and/or ISIN and ticker for U.S. and Canadian securities
  • SEDOL and/or ISIN for rest-of-world securities
  • GVKEY
  • Country codes
Flexible Delivery Methods

  • Delivery via file transfer protocol (FTP) and major data vendors with ASCII or XML formats available
  • Daily or monthly

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*Access to and use of the CUSIP data requires a separate license with the CUSIP Bureau.

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