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Which Companies Make Up The Dow Jones Industrial Average?

We keep hearing about the Dow Jones Industrial Average going up and down, but mostly down these days. But do you know which companies have their stock listed on the Dow Jones which represents the up and down wild swings? There are actually 30 companies that make up the Dow Jones. And according to www.moneycentral.com the top performing companies since 1997 are Wal-mart and McDonalds, respectively. The other 28 fall in line based on their performance since 1997.

Now Wal-Mart has a stock price of $49.24; McDonalds price is $52.25 and IBM stock price is $92.03 and since 1997 their changes are noted as +8.91, - 8.94 and -22.21%, respectively. Notice Wal-Mart is the only company with a gain in it's stock since 1997 but McDonalds only had a decrease of -8.94% and it's stock is really doing well now because they are in high demand doing these recessionary times. In order to cut back and make ends meet more and more people are flocking into McDonalds probably because of their value menus.

Now let's look at the other extreme part of this list. Once again these companies are listed based on their percentage change from 1997 to now along with stock prices from last Friday. Therefore the companies at the very bottom had the largest decline in stock prices since 1997. Bank of America had a -92.49% decline in the price of its stock; General Motors decline was -94.13% since October 1997 and Citigroup had a decline of -96.85% during the same period of time. I guess there is no surprise here. So when you look at the Dow Jones Industrial Average you can see which companies are contributing to the loss or gain. The first figure represents that companies stock price, for example Wal-Marts stock price was $49.24, which represents a 8.91% increase since October 1997. For the year 2009 Wal-Marts and McDonalds are doing well.

Wal-Mart Stores $49.24 8.91% McDonald's $52.25 -8.94% IBM $92.03 -22.21% Johnson & Johnson $50.00 -24.53% Exxon Mobil $67.90 -26.73% Coca-Cola $40.85 -29.42% Proctor & Gamble $48.17 -32.23% Kraft Foods $22.78 -33.22% Chevron

$60.71 -34.58% Verizon $28.53 -37.46% Home Depot

$20.89 -38.20% AT&T

$23.77 -43.38% Hewlett-Packard

$29.03 -44.66% Microsoft

$16.15 -46.35% United Technologies $40.83 -49.72% Intel

$12.74

-50.70% Pfizer

$12.31 -51.80% JPMorgan Chase

$22.85

-51.97% 3M

$45.46 -52.46% Walt Disney

$16.77 -52.69% Merck

$24.20 -54.88% DuPont

$18.76 -62.09% Boeing

$31.44 -69.01% Caterpillar $24.61

-70.17% General Electric $8.51 -79.75% American Express $12.06 -80.71% Alcoa

$6.23 -84.32% Bank of America

$3.95 -92.49% General Motors

$2.25

-94.13% Citigroup

$1.50

-96.85%

The last I heard Citigroup's stock had dipped to $1.02 per share, obviously below the $1.50 listed above. As the stock market continues to plunge you are probably going to see more of these stocks lose their value. On Friday March 6, 2009 the Dow Jones Industrial average ended at 6, 626.04 according to www.msn.com . Don't be surprised if the Dow dips to 5, 000 other experts are predicting it could go as low as 3, 500 or even 2, 000.

If you want to calculate on any given day what the Dow Jones Industrial average is just adding up the prices of the 30 stock prices and dividing by 30 won't work for you. The reason for this is because of the stock splits that take place. Once a stock split takes place the average of a stock is brought down but the value of the stock remains the same. The Dow Divisor is needed to account for the stock splits.

Sources: http://www.wikinvest.com/stock/Dow_Jones_Industrial_Average_(.DJIA)

Source: www.moneycentral.com

By Melvin Richardson - speaker, coach , author -- My other interests include internet marketing, blogging, reading, writing  





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