01 July 2017

Tracking the U.S. Economy

"Stocks opened at a record high Monday, June 19, 2017, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average topping 21,453 as tech stocks rebounded from a lackluster prior week." 

--NBC News

We keep reading headlines about the Dow Jones Industrial Averages hitting new records. 

What's the Dow?

The Dow is a stock index made up of widely traded large companies created by Dow Jones & Company editor and co-founder Charles Dow in May 1896. From that beginning, only General Electric remains on the list.

There are nearly 100 indices (Nasdaq, Russell Indexes, Standard & Poor's). But the Dow Jones Industrial Average seems to get most of the attention. 

Ever wonder what companies make up the Dow 30? Here's a look at the current list:


AXP American Express

AAPL Apple

BA Boeing

CAT Caterpillar

CVX Chevron

CSCO Cisco

KO Coca-Cola

DIS Disney

DD E I du Pont de Nemours and Co

XOM Exxon Mobil

GE General Electric

GS Goldman Sachs

HD Home Depot


INTC Intel

JNJ Johnson & Johnson

JPM JPMorgan Chase

MCD McDonald's

MRK Merck

MSFT Microsoft

NKE Nike

PFE Pfizer

PG Procter & Gamble

TRV Travelers Companies Inc

UTX United Technologies

UNH UnitedHealth

VZ Verizon

V Visa

WMT Wal-Mart

Source:  CNN Data Dow 30


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