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The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a widely followed barometer of stock performance. It, and its sibling the Down Jones Transportation Index, are believed to be the oldest indexes of stock performance in the world.

Summary From Wikipedia Edit

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI), also called the DJIA, Dow 30, or informally the Dow Jones or The Dow) is one of several stock market index created by nineteenth century Wall Street Journal editor and Dow Jones & Company co-founder Charles Dow. Dow compiled the index as a way to gauge the performance of the industrial component of America's stock markets. It is the oldest continuing U.S. market index, aside from the Dow Jones Transportation Average, which Dow also created.

"The Dow" Today Edit

Today, the average consists of 30 of the largest and most widely held public companies in the United States. The "industrial" portion of the name is largely historical—many of the 30 modern components have little to do with heavy industry. The average is price-weighted. To compensate for the effects of stock splits and other adjustments, it is currently a scaled average, not the actual average of the prices of its component stocks—the sum of the component prices is divided by a divisor, which changes whenever one of the component stocks has a stock split or stock dividend, to generate the value of the index. Since the divisor is currently less than one, the value of the index is higher than the sum of the component prices.

Components Edit

Company Name Exchange Symbol
3M Co. New York SE MMM
Alcoa Inc. New York SE AA
American Express Co New York SE AXP
American International Group Inc. New York SE AIG
AT&T Inc. New York SE T
Bank of America Corp. New York SE BAC
Boeing Co. New York SE BA
Caterpillar Inc. New York SE CAT
Chevron Corp. New York SE CVX
Citigroup Inc. New York SE C
Coca-Cola Co. New York SE KO
Walt Disney Co. New York SE DIS
E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. New York SE DD
Exxon Mobil Corp. New York SE XOM
General Electric Co. New York SE GE
General Motors Corp. New York SE GM
Hewlett-Packard Co. New York SE HPQ
Home Depot Inc. New York SE HD
Intel Corp. NASDAQ NMS INTC
International Business Machines Corp. New York SE IBM
Johnson & Johnson New York SE JNJ
JPMorgan Chase & Co. New York SE JPM
McDonald's Corp. New York SE MCD
Merck & Co. Inc. New York SE MRK
Microsoft Corp. NASDAQ NMS MSFT
Pfizer Inc. New York SE PFE
Procter & Gamble Co. New York SE PG
United Technologies Corp. New York SE UTX
Verizon Communications Inc. New York SE VZ
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. New York SE WMT

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Dow Jones Indexes