What is Dow 30

Dow 30, commonly referred to as just the "Dow," or the "Dow Jones Industrial Average," was created by Wall Street Journal editor Charles Dow and got its name from Dow and his business partner Edward Jones. The index was developed as a simple means of tracking U.S. market performance in an age when information flow was often limited.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average

BREAKING DOWN Dow 30

The Dow expanded to 30 stocks in 1928, where it remains today, as a spin-off of the Dow Jones Transportation Average (which consisted primarily of railroad issues in the early years). The composition of the index changes regularly, as stocks and the industries it represents fall in and out of favor.

The following are the companies included in the index, as of August 14, 2018:

— 3M (MMM)

— American Express (AXP)

— Apple (AAPL​)

— Boeing (BA)

— Caterpillar (CAT)

— Chevron (CVX)

— Cisco (CSCO​)

— Coca-Cola (KO)

— DowDuPont Inc (DWDP)

— Exxon Mobil (XOM)

— Goldman Sachs (GS)

— Home Depot (HD)

— IBM (IBM)

— Intel (INTC​)

— Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)

— JPMorgan Chase (JPM)

— McDonald's (MCD)

— Merck (MRK)

— Microsoft (MSFT​)

— Nike (NKE)

— Pfizer (PFE)

— Procter & Gamble (PG)

— Travelers Companies Inc (TRV)

— United Health (UNH)

— United Technologies (UTX)

— Verizon (VZ)

— Visa (V)

— Walmart (WMT)

— Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA)

— Walt Disney (DIS)