How Cisco Moves the Dow

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which technology editor/analyst Brenton Flynn and industrials editor/analyst Isaac Pino discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Brenton and Isaac continue a Motley Fool series where we look at how each Dow stock affects the world-renowned blue-chip index. There are some glaring weaknesses with the way the Dow Jones Industrial Average is constructed, and Brenton explains how Cisco, after taking a pretty large hit following its March-quarter earnings, didn't really affect the index to the extent many investors might believe. He also dives into other tech companies in the Dow and some huge disconnects in their weightings.

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