Only about 120 businesses, out of millions, have ever earned designation as Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks in the index's 119-year history. There, they've served as reflections of the nation's overall market health.
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The recent addition of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) to the roster of Dow Jones Industrial Average companies begs the question of which changes to the DJIA we're likely to see next.
Right now, several big and growing U.S. companies are prime candidates to join the DJIA when the committee makes its next move. And looking at the current list of Dow Jones Industrial Average companies, it's not hard to find those most likely to get the boot.
The first DJIA stocks bore little resemblance to the Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks of today.
Most of the original DJIA stocks are completely unknown now.
The names paint a gritty picture of the U.S. corporate powers of the day. The very first DJIA stocks included two gas companies, two agricultural companies, and representatives from the chemical, steel, leather and rubber industries.
The Dow has climbed 7% in 2014 as the index hit a record high 31 times.
Unfortunately, not all Dow stocks were able to revel in the rallies. In fact, nearly one-third of the market's companies had negative returns this year.