The best 30 Dow Jones Stocks

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How many shares are there in the DJIA?

Today, there are 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The total has grown over time: initially, the index had only 12 components, which represents the main public industrial enterprises of that time. Today, the 30 companies in the index cover all major sectors of the U.S. stock market, except transportation and utilities. One thing to remember: despite its name, the DJIA has not been limited to traditional “industrial” enterprises for many years.

All companies in the DJIA are considered important players in their respective industries. Most are household names.
A stock market quote board, which shows the price movements of various stocks.

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How is the DJIA calculated?

Most indices familiar to investors are “market capitalization-weighted,” meaning companies with higher valuations have more influence on index movements. In the case of the S&P 500, the price movements of high-value companies such as Apple and ExxonMobil have a much greater influence on the value of the index than companies with smaller market limits.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is very different. The DJIA is a “price weighted” index, which means that companies with higher stock prices have greater weight in the calculation of the index. But the DJIA isn’t just the sum of the stock prices of the 30 stocks-it’s a scaled average, meaning the index’s value is adjusted to account for historical stock splits, dividends, and other changes in individual stocks over time.

Are DJIA shares good investments?

Does being on the Dow Jones Industrial Average make a stock a good place to put your money? That depends on your perspective, and possibly your investment goals. If you’re looking for big, robust, blue chip Stocks, it’s definitely a place to start looking. And many of the DJIA component shares pay good dividends. In fact, seven of DJIA’s shares are Dividend Aristocrats, meaning they have raised dividends at least once a year for the past 25 years. Those actions are marked with an asterisk ( * ) in the chart below.

What are the shares in the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

Here are the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average today.

Company Year Added
3M* (NYSE: MMM) 1976
American Express (NYSE: AXP) 1982
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) 2015
Forecast profitability and dividend
Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) 1991
Chevron* (NYSE: CVX) 2008
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), 2009
Forecast profitability and dividend
Forecast profitability and dividend
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) 1991
Forecast profitability and dividend
General Electric (NYSE: GE) 19
Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) 2013
The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) 1999
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Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) 1999
Forecast profitability and dividend
JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) 1991
McDonald’s* (NYSE: MCD) 1985
Forecast profitability and dividend
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) 1999
Nike (NYSE: NKE) 2013
Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) 2004
Forecast profitability and dividend
Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) 2009
United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) 1939
UnitedHealth (NYSE: UNH) 2012
Verizon (NYSE: VZ) 2004
Visa (NYSE: V) 2013
Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) 1997

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The author (s) may hold a position in any of the mentioned populations.

Teresa Kersten is an employee of LinkedIn and a member of the Board of Directors of The Motley Fool. LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft. John Rosevear owns shares of Apple. The Motley Fool owns shares and recommends Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Verizon Communications, Visa and Walt Disney. The Motley Fool has the following options: January 2020 long calls Apple 150 on Apple, January 2020 short calls enero 155 on Apple, January 2018 short calls enero 170 on Home Depot and January 2020 long calls enero 110 on Home Depot. The Motley Fool recommends 3M, American Express, Cisco Systems, Home Depot, Intel and UnitedHealth Group. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy .

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