How IBM Influences the Dow

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Investors might not realize how skewed the Dow is toward certain components. Thanks to the Dow's price-weighted methodology, IBM has the highest weighting of any stock. Its price changes move the Dow almost double the next highest company. In fact, IBM is weighted in the Dow more than Microsoft, HP, Intel, Cisco, Verizon, and AT&Tcombined. That's more influential than all other tech and telecom stocks! To see Eric's analysis of what IBM's weighting means for investors and ways to broaden your exposure to other tech companies, check out the video.

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