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5.5 Stock Research -- Dow Jones Industrial Average Companies

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE: DJI), also called the DJIA, Dow 30, or informally the Dow Jones or The Dow) is one of several stock market indices created by nineteenth century Wall Street Journal editor and Dow Jones & Company co-founder Charles Dow. Dow compiled the index as a way to gauge the performance of the industrial component of America's stock markets. It is the oldest continuing U.S. market index.

Today, the average consists of 30 of the largest and most widely held public companies in the United States. The "industrial" portion of the name is largely historicalómany of the 30 modern components have little to do with heavy industry. The following chart shows the DJIA price and volume during the last one year.

The following table shows the 30 publicly traded companies that are part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (as of March 2008).

3MDiversified Industrials
Alcoa Aluminum
American Express Consumer Finance
American International Group Full Line Insurance
AT&T Telecoms
Bank of America Institutional and Retail banking
Boeing Aerospace & Defense
Caterpillar Commercial Vehicles & Trucks
Chevron Corporation Oil and gas
Citigroup Banks
Coca-Cola Beverages
DuPont Commodity Chemicals
ExxonMobil Integrated Oil & Gas
General Electric Diversified Industrials
General Motors Automobiles
Hewlett-Packard Diversified Computer Systems
Home Depot Home improvement retailers
Intel Semiconductors
IBM Computer Services
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals
JPMorgan Chase Banks
McDonald's Restaurants & Bars
Merck Pharmaceuticals
Microsoft Software
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Procter & Gamble Non-Durable Household Products
United Technologies Corporation Aerospace, Heating/Cooling, Elevators
Verizon Communications Telecoms
Wal-Mart Broadline Retailers
Walt Disney Broadcasting & Entertainment

Directions: Select any one of the 30 companies that form the Dow Jones Industrial Average and do "stock research" on the selected company. Include the following information in your research:
  • Company background
  • Products and services offered by the company
  • Who are the competitors?
  • Are the company's sales and profits growing or shrinking?
  • How has the company's stock been performing?
  • If you have money, will you buy shares (ownership) in the company?

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