The following video continues our look at the very best stocks of the year for investors in the materials sector. Motley Fool materials analyst Taylor Muckerman gives us two big stocks in this space, Agrium (NYSE:AGU) and Agnico-Eagle Mines (NYSE:AEM), both of which are up nearly 50% year to date. Watch the video to learn how Agrium is thriving in a market that has been good to agricultural support stocks as the need for greater yields per acre increases, and how record gold production at several mines led to a dynamite third quarter for Agnico-Eagle Mines.

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