The most often quoted stock market indicator is the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). In 1884, Charles Dow averaged closing prices of 12 representative stocks and the DJIA was christened. Since then it has been expanded to include 30 familiar blue chip companies to be more representative of the country's largest companies.
The calculation is also changed to reflect stock splits. While this index is not reflective of the entire stock market, watching changes in the DJIA can help you stay abreast of current conditions.
Original Dow Stocks
American Cotton Oil
Tennessee Coal & Iron
Distilling & Cattle Feeding
U.S. Leather preferred
|Current DJIA Stocks||Alert Me|
|American Cotton Oil|
|Alcoa Inc.||International Business Machines|
|American Express||J.P. Morgan Chase|
|AT&T Incorporated||Johnson & Johnson|
|Bank of America Corporation||Kraft Foods|
|Boeing Company||McDonald's Corporation|
|Caterpillar Incorporated||Merck & Company, Incorporated|
|Chevron Corporation||Pfizer Incorporated|
|Cisco Systems, Inc.||Microsoft Corporation|
|Coca-Cola Company||Proctor & Gamble Company|
|DuPont||Travelers Companies, Inc.|
|Exxon Mobil Corporation||United Technologies Corporation|
|General Electric Company||Verizon Communications, Inc.|
|Hewlett-Packard Incorporated||Walmart Stores Incorporated|
|Home Depot Incorporated||Walt Disney Company|
In September, 2012, UnitedHealth Group replaced Kraft Foods. In September, 2013, Goldman Sachs, Nike and Visa replaced Alcoa, Bank of America and Hewlett Packard. In March 2015, Apple replaced AT&T.
The DJIA is the best known stock market indicator. However, the S+P500 and NASDAQ indexes include a broader selection of stocks including smaller companies.