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What is the oldest company in the Dow?

Of all the companies that composed the original Dow, only one—General Electric—remains today. General Electric has been a component of the Dow since 1907.

This is the General Electric Building in Rockefeller Center in New York City. GE is the only original DOW company, first listed in 1907, still in existence.

This is the General Electric Building in Rockefeller Center in New York City. GE is the only original DOW company, first listed in 1907, still in existence.

What are some of the newest entries in the Dow?

Cisco Systems and Travelers were added to the Dow in 2009. Nike, Visa, and Goldman Sachs were added to the Dow in 2013.

How many times has the list of Dow companies changed since its inception?

The Dow components have changed 99 times, including increasing the number of components from 12 to 20 in 1916 and increasing them again from 20 to 30 in 1928.

Why are companies removed from the list of companies on the Dow?

Individual companies that compose the DJIA are removed because of economic and managerial trouble. Others no longer offer a good representation of index components reflective of the American economy at large, and must be replaced by healthier, more representative companies.

What are some of the largest percentage moves of the Dow?

On March 15, 1933, the DJIA gained 15.34%. On October 19, 1987, the DJIA declined by 22.61%.

Still other companies tracked by the Dow are removed because their stock price is very low, and not as relevant as other firms in the average.

Why are some stocks with low prices specifically removed from the Dow?

Since the companies tracked by the Dow represent an average of the prices of shares in the securities that compose the index, stocks with lower prices tend to pull the average down, making the index less effective as a barometer of the market at large.

Which companies have been recently removed from the Index?

General Motors, Citigroup, AIG, Altria Group, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Kraft Foods, Bank of America, and Alcoa.

 
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