On a day-to-day basis, most stock tend not to have dramatic price movements. However, material news/information that is fundamental to an industry, sector or stock's business does get released periodically. This type of news has the potential to move a stock by several percentage points (in either direction). While it is a measure of prestige, a stock's inclusion into the Dow 30 (DJIA) does not protect the stock to downward movements.
But even if a stock has already moved, it might still warrant a look. After good news, a stock may increase in value, but this momentum can often continue on for more upside. Likewise, bad news often knocks down a stock's price more than is warranted, causing it to sell at bargain levels until the price moves back up.

Check out which Dow 30 components made the biggest moves in January. By comparison, the entire DJIA was up +3.26% and the S&P 500 was up 3.16% over the same period. (For related reading, see How Now, Dow? What Moves The DJIA?)

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January's Best-Performing Dow 30 Stocks



Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM)


General Electric Co. (NYSE:GE)


Alcoa, Inc. (NYSE:AA)




Hewlett-Packard Company(NYSE:HPQ)


January's Worst-Performing Dow 30 Stocks



Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK)


AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T)


McDonald\'s Corp (NYSE:MCD)


The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO)


Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)


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