Stock market what is the Dow Jones Industrial
The Dow Jones Industrial Average
(DJIA), is the top 30 Blue Chip stock whose performance is
averaged each day of trading on the stock market. The
components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average reads like a who
is who in the stock market.
Currently, the top 30 stocks are doing quite well on the
stock market. Due to the small number of stocks that make up
the DJIA all it takes it a few of the stocks to take a dive and
the overall average can take a dip. It is good to analyze the
sectors that make up the components of the Dow Jones Industrial
Direct consumer contact stocks in Dow Jones Industrial
It should be no surprise to most people that Wal-Mart Stores
Inc is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Over the past three years the price of Wal-Mart had a price
adjustment due to various management decisions. The $52
to $58 per share days of 2005 has seen a drop to $43 in
2007. This stock is expected to reach the $52 range again
in the foreseeable future.
Another solid past performer Home Depot is trying to make a
rebound from concerns about the housing market. Recently,
Home Depot has seen some return to the range where it should be
trading. It closed recently in the $38 range and should
see some improvements to the mid $40 range.
McDonald's Company is also on the road to recovery after a
slump in 2005. Their healthy diet adjustments have improved the
overall out look on the stock. It is currently trading at
the high $40 range and should easily go higher.
Walt Disney Company is a stock with many hats. It is known
for resorts and films, but it has a huge international presence
in all types of communications and media outlets. The product
line is extensive. It has numerous media outlets, including but
not limited to ESPN, The History Channel and television
stations. The stock is a value stock currently selling in
the range of $33.
Technology stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average:
Microsoft Corporation,United Technologies, Hewlett-Packard,
Verizon Communications, International Business Machines,
AT&T and Intel Corp. round out the influence of technology
influence on the Dow Jones Industrial
At this point an investor recognizes that if a sector is
down for the day this will effect the overall Dow Jones
Large Multi-National stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial
This category takes into account basic materials, drugs,
machinery, autos and big cap companies that have a major
influence on the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
The list of noteworthy stocks are: 3m Corp., Alcoa, Boeing
Co., Caterpillar Co., E. I. Du pont de Nemours and Company,
Exxon-Mobil Corp. General Electric Company, General
Motors, Honeywell International Co., Johnson &
Johnson, Merck & Company, Pfizer Inc., The Coca-Cola
Company, and Procter & Gamble Company and lastly big
tobacco, Altria Group Inc. .
It is hard to imagine a more stellar group of major players
with such influence on the world economy and influence. A
mixed bag indeed, but there common thread is there gargantuan
influence on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. All of the
low to medium priced stocks may be purchased individually or in
a mutual fund or index fund.
Financial Stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average:
This last group has a significant influence in the financial
world. It may have some exposure to current angst in the stock
market, but some are well positioned for any rocky road.
The most stellar include, American International Group Inc.
(AIG), American Express Company, JP Morgan & Chase &
Company, and Citigroup Inc.
This groups influence on the overall Dow Jones
Industrial Average is obvious. Some of the ripple effect
of concerns about commercial paper and the real estate mortgage
market may influence this groups effect. It will depend
on whether the concerns should expand to the commercial real
estate market and the extent of the defaults and
These are the top 30 components that make up the Dow Jones
Industrial Average. As you can see the overall rise and fall of
small percentages in this market indicator requires a closer
look at the components and sectors.
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