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Can You Name the Current Dow Jones Companies?

Dow Jones Companies

Dow Jones companies include 30 of the biggest stocks publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The popular index formally answers to Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) but is often shortened to Dow Jones or simply The Dow. Its primary purpose is to paint a portrait of the overall health of the American economy by collecting the biggest companies in the most active and important business and consumer sectors. Apple, Inc. reigns as the current market capitalization champion among the Dow. Although Dow Jones has performed its job since the 1800s, many investors argue that the S&P 500 represents a superior look at the economy, due to including 500 large market cap stocks that reflect stronger changes, instead of 30 stocks that are mostly pillars of the economy with stock prices that are often relatively stable, or at least highly capable of stock recovery.

Regardless, trading analysts, personal investors, and other followers of the economy remain keenly interested in Dow's results. The historical return of stock market investing averages at 10 percent. Over the last decade, The Dow outperforms that mark, yielding about 15 percent return on investment Past performance is not indicative of future results, but the performance of the Dow 30 indicates strengths and ailments in many sectors as a whole.