Ask a Fool: What is the Dow Jones Industrial Average?


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The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a 30-component grouping of stocks meant to be a gauge for how the overall market is doing. It represents stocks across all sectors and includes some of the world's most influential and established companies, like Bank of America (NYS: BAC) , Wal-Mart (NYS: WMS) and Procter & Gamble (NYS: PG) . In the following video, analyst Austin Smith goes over everything that investors need to know about this index.

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