How the Dow Jones Industrial Average Has Performed


Aug. 8 2017, Updated 5:03 p.m. ET

The Dow Jones Industrial Average to date

The chart below depicts the constituents and performances of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (or DJIA) (DJIA-INDEX). In this series, we’ll take a look at the DJIA and some of its outperformers.

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DJIA performance

The DJIA (DIA) includes 30 large, eminent US companies encompassing all industries except transportation and utilities. The index has generated a YTD (year-to-date) return of 10.5%. It offers a dividend yield of 2.4% at a PE (price-to-earnings) ratio of 20.4x. Its performance for the week ended July 28, 2017, was mainly driven by the healthcare, telecommunications, financials, and consumer cyclical sectors, offset by the energy, consumer non-cyclical, technology, and industrials sectors.

The top five movers with respect to percentage change as of July 28, 2017, were as follows:

The bottom five movers with respect to  percentage change on the same day were as follows:

Of the 30 stocks, 15 of them rose, and 15 fell. Boeing (BA), Apple, McDonald’s, Visa (V), and Caterpillar (CAT) have been the star performers on a YTD basis. Their returns have ranged from 23.0%–55.0%. The stocks with negative returns on a YTD basis include General Electric, IBM (IBM), ExxonMobil, Verizon Communications (VZ), and Chevron. Their returns have ranged from -9.8% to -18.0%. Goldman Sachs Group (GS) and Intel have also generated negative returns on a YTD basis. The chart below depicts the dividend yields of the DJIA constituents.

DJIA dividend

Verizon has been the highest dividend yielder at 4.8%. Ten companies of the 30 have generated a dividend yield of more than 3.0%. Below are the DJIA members that have beaten the DJIA with their dividend yields:

  • ExxonMobil
  • Pfizer
  • General Electric
  • Cisco Systems
  • Coca-Cola
  • Intel
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Merck
  • Caterpillar
  • Walmart
  • Johnson & Johnson

Visa (V) offers the lowest dividend yield of less than 1%. The iShares Select Dividend (DVY) has the highest exposure to utilities. It offers a dividend yield of 3.0% at a PE ratio of 20.7x. The Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD) offers a dividend yield of 2.8% at a PE ratio of 20.6x. It has the highest exposure in consumer non-cyclical, followed by technology.


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