What is Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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All time we hear about about American Dow Average and other averages like the S&P 500 or The Russel 2000. So what is it ?
Basically these are “market averages” to tell you how companies traded on the stock market.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is simply the average value of 30 large, industrial stocks — one of several stock market indices to gauge the performance of the industrial component of America’s stock markets.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is also called as DJIA, Dow 30, or informally the Dow Jones or The Dow.

The S&P 500 is the average value of 500 different large companies. The Russel 2000 tracks the average of 2,000 smaller companies. Dow Jones is the average value of 30 large, industrial stocks.

Individual components of the DJIA are occasionally changed as market conditions warrant. They are selected by the editors of The Wall Street Journal.

As of this writing , The Dow Jones Industrial Average consists of the following 30 companies.

  1. 3M
  2. Alcoa
  3. American Express
  4. American International Group
  5. AT&T
  6. Bank of America
  7. Boeing
  8. Caterpillar
  9. Chevron Corporation
  10. Citigroup
  11. Coca-Cola
  12. DuPont
  13. ExxonMobil
  14. General Electric
  15. General Motors
  16. Hewlett-Packard
  17. Home Depot
  18. Intel
  19. IBM
  20. Johnson & Johnson
  21. JPMorgan Chase
  22. McDonald’s
  23. Merck
  24. Microsoft
  25. Pfizer
  26. Procter & Gamble
  27. United Technologies Corporation
  28. Verizon Communications
  29. Wal-Mart
  30. Walt Disney

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