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Analysis: U.S. company results in industrial, materials sectors could shed light on inflation woes

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A specialist trader works inside a booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

NEW YORK, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Corporate results in the industrial and materials sectors could offer a snapshot of how companies in a key swath of the U.S. economy are dealing with surging inflation, supply chain bottlenecks and higher commodity prices.

Companies in those sectors — which include logistics and transportation firms, major chemical makers and manufacturers and suppliers for the aerospace, automotive and construction industries — are expected to post strong third-quarter results.

Their position in the global economy, however, gives many companies in the industrial and materials sectors a window into the fallout from rising input costs, supply chain snags and other issues that have bedeviled the United States and other countries as economic reopenings spur a surge in demand. read more

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