Dow jones industrial average

• Abbreviated DJIA. Price-weighted average of 30 actively traded blue-chip stocks, traditionally of industrial companies.

• This is the best known U.S. index of stocks. It contains 30 stocks that trade on the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow, as it is called, is a barometer of how shares of the largest U.S. companies are performing. There are thousands of investment indexes around the world for stocks, bonds, currencies and commodities.


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