What Every Career Goddess Should Know About the Dow Jones

If you work for a Fortune 500 corporation, you should know a little something about the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA).

And you can just say Dow for short if you really want to sound like a Career Goddess.

You’ve probably heard about it on the news or saw it online while you were trying to take a selfie on social media that would make your ex boyfriend jealous (now why would you do that???).

But now is the time to stop acting like you know what the world is talking about and play a leading role in your financial future. So grab a plant -based food bar and get ready to stimulate your mind with some delicious Dow Jones information.

The Dow Was Co-Founded by a Journalist

Never underestimate the power of writing. It can change the prevailing thoughts and ideas of a specific time. If you’ve ever thought about becoming a writer (freelance, part-time, full-time, blogger bee, etc), you might be inspired by Charles Dow.

Charles Dow is the co-founder of the Dow Jones and is also the founder of one of the most reputable financial publications in the world, Wall Street Journal. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was created as a way to demonstrate market movements and measure economic conditions.

It’s Not A Stock Exchange

The Dow is not the place where you shop for investments. Don’t expect to buy and sell shares of stock at the DJIA. That’s what you have the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ for.

The Dow serves a completely different purpose. It’s an index that’s used as a indicator to determine how well the economy is doing. That’s why it’s called the Dow Jones Industrial Average. So when you hear people screaming about the Dow Jones, that may be a sign to increase your cash on hand so you can be prepared during market uncertainties.

The Dow Consists of 30 Companies

Unlike the S&P 500 which lists the value of the 500 largest publicly traded companies, the Dow Jones only picks up the top 30. It’s an elite group of companies that make it to this index.

Is your company listed as part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

Companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (as of February 5, 2018)

Company Price Change % Change Volume YTD
MMM 3M 231.44 -13.73 -5.60% 6,590,490 -1.67%
AXP American Express 92.01 -4.67 -4.83% 6,421,934 -7.35%
AAPL Apple 156.49 -4.01 -2.50% 72,738,522 -7.53%
BA Boeing 328.88 -20.03 -5.74% 10,511,290 +11.52%
CAT Caterpillar 151.08 -6.41 -4.07% 11,390,549 -4.12%
CVX Chevron 112.62 -5.96 -5.03% 15,414,722 -10.04%
CSCO Cisco 38.78 -2.15 -5.25% 52,399,572 +1.25%
KO Coca-Cola 44.89 -1.84 -3.94% 23,261,475 -2.16%
DIS Disney 104.70 -4.00 -3.68% 15,107,942 -2.61%
DWDP DowDuPont Inc 67.84 -3.05 -4.30% 19,108,846 -4.75%
XOM Exxon Mobil 79.72 -4.81 -5.69% 30,452,693 -4.69%
GE General Electric 14.91 -0.73 -4.67% 123,241,607 -14.56%
GS Goldman Sachs 249.11 -10.93 -4.20% 6,528,467 -2.22%
HD Home Depot 183.11 -10.86 -5.60% 10,618,526 -3.39%
IBM IBM 152.53 -6.50 -4.09% 8,746,599 -0.58%
INTC Intel 44.22 -1.93 -4.18% 47,869,041 -4.20%
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 130.39 -7.29 -5.29% 19,954,145 -6.68%
JPM JPMorgan Chase 108.80 -5.48 -4.80% 30,097,591 +1.74%
MCD McDonald’s 163.85 -5.53 -3.26% 7,309,275 -4.80%
MRK Merck 56.40 -2.16 -3.69% 19,605,679 +0.23%
MSFT Microsoft 88.00 -3.78 -4.12% 51,031,465 +2.88%
NKE Nike 64.39 -2.83 -4.21% 12,549,483 +2.94%
PFE Pfizer 34.67 -1.94 -5.30% 40,288,128 -4.28%
PG Procter & Gamble 81.06 -3.19 -3.79% 17,462,165 -11.78%
TRV Travelers Companies Inc 141.52 -6.43 -4.35% 3,358,918 +4.34%
UTX United Technologies 127.24 -7.37 -5.48% 6,912,958 -0.26%
UNH UnitedHealth 220.02 -11.86 -5.11% 6,289,977 -0.20%
VZ Verizon 50.50 -2.48 -4.68% 22,239,589 -4.59%
V Visa 116.27 -4.64 -3.84% 16,623,914 +1.97%
WMT Wal-Mart 100.09 -4.39 -4.20% 12,561,594 +1.36%

Source: CNN Money

Well we won’t bore you with a long list of DOW facts. You may not be ready for all of that just yet so we are going to take it nice and slow. Soak it in and then answer these three questions to determine if you are ready for more investing insights.

1. What is the DOW?
2. How many companies are included in the DOW?
3. Name 3 companies that are currently a part of the DOW? Note: the list doesn’t stay the same forever.

Questions? Send me an email at charlene@charlenerhinehart.com.

Talk soon!


After becoming the first Certified Public Accountant to win the title of Ms. Corporate America 2015 in a pageant held in Orlando, Fl, Charlene created the Career Goddess Academy. She shares her money, health, travel, and career advice all over the web as a contributor for the Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, The Path Mag, Women on Business, Ms. Career Girl, and other sites. In 2015, she was recognized as the Illinois CPA Young Professional Leader of the Year. 

Charlene now works on the set of the most popular TV shows, including EMPIRE, Chicago PD, Chicago Med and Chicago Fire.

Do you need a guest speaker? Contact Charlene at charlene@charlenerhinehart.com or learn more about my financial concierge services at www.charlenerhinehart.com.  

Charlene Rhinehart

I’m Charlene - International Speaker, Published Writer, & Career Strategist. I help women skip the most common career mistakes, move from fear to confidence, and enhance their professional profile so that they can create a life that is better than their dreams.

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