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How Well Do You Know the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

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Most investors check on the Dow Jones Industrial Average at the end of every trading day, if not more frequently.

Over its 119-year history, the DJIA has become synonymous with the markets. But while investors big and small rely on the Dow Jones to measure how well or how poorly stocks are doing, how much do most people really know about it?

Check out these five key facts that show how the Dow came to be what it is now...

DJIA Today Fell 292 Points – Here's What Happened   

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The DJIA today fell 292 points. The Nasdaq suffered its steepest one-day decline in almost a year.

What happened? A wide sell-off in the biotech and technology sectors outpaced gains fueled by news of a merger between Kraft Foods Group (Nasdaq: KRFT) and H.J. Heinz Co. Continued weakness in Europe also remains a central concern to investors.

Here are the day's top stories, plus our new profit tip for investors...

Apple Stock Debuts on Dow Jones Industrial Average Today

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Good morning! U.S. stock futures for Thursday, March 19, forecasted a 43-point decrease from yesterday's close. The DJIA surged 227 points Wednesday after the Federal Reserve indicated a slower pace for an expected interest rate hike this year. Commodities rallied on the news, with gold prices jumping nearly 2% and silver prices up almost 2.5%.

Apple stock (Nasdaq: AAPL) makes its official debut on the Dow Jones Industrial Average today. It replaces AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). [Here's why Apple - the most valuable company in the world with a market cap of $732.5 billion - just became worthy of joining the DJIA...]

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Thursday...

An Apple Profit Margin That Would Make Steve Jobs Blush

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The Apple profit margin on its new Watch will outshine even that of the iPhone.

Just how big the gap will be depends on how far Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) can penetrate the Swiss luxury watch market with its 18-karat gold "Edition" Watch.

Fat Apple profit margins are no stranger to Apple, but margins for luxury watches start at about 40% and range up to 80% or more.

Most people have underestimated the impact the Watch will have on Apple stock...

Stock Market Today Moving on News from AAPL, FB, and BABA

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Good Morning!Futures for the stock market today forecasted an 85-point decrease for the Dow Jones from yesterday's close.

What to Watch Today: Later this afternoon, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will announce the central bank's interest rate decision at 2:30 p.m. Although the FOMC is not expected to increase interest rates, the markets will be looking for clues from Yellen's press conference on a timeline for changes in monetary policy.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Wednesday:

An Easy Way to Make a Quick 300% on Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL)

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It seems there is always a great deal of attention being paid to Apple.

Today I'm going to show you how Apple can give us a 50% gain - and that will pale in comparison to my backdoor play, which could net around 300%.

I believe that putting Apple in the Dow Jones Industrial Average will help to stabilize its correlation to the market's benchmarks even more.

You see, Apple is acting more and more like a bellwether stock, raising its dividend on an annual basis all the while buying back shares. Apple's equity often moves its own way, regardless of global or regional circumstances. 

For example, in the last 200 trading days, AAPL shares moved with the S&P 500 just 12% of the time. Apple almost looks like a defensive play when you think about it that way, and that's exactly what hedge fund managers see. 

But along with the move to the Dow comes perhaps the biggest factor in Apple's expected rise: its product introductions...

Apple Watch Could Be the iPad of 2015

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Monday's presentation by Apple boss Tim Cook revealed that the Apple Watch is a less useful, less compelling, and less user friendly version of the iPhone. But people also sniggered at the iPad back in 2010, when it wasn't clear why users would want a device that was less useful than a laptop and had less connectivity than a mobile phone.

Avid fans flocked to the iPad nonetheless, and they'll probably drive demand for the watch - meaning Apple's unusual dual stature as the biggest cap company on the planet and a doyenne of hipsters will remain intact.

Dow Jones Industrial Average History: Why AAPL Just Became Worthy

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In the 128-year Dow Jones Industrial Average history, components have changed only 53 times.

Today (Friday) the iconic index announced its 54th Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) will replace AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) on March 19.

AAPL - the most valuable company in the world with a market cap of $732 billion - has long been considered for addition to the Dow.

But there's a good reason why Apple is only just now becoming part of the Dow 30...

Why the Apple Dividend Will Go Up at Least 10% Next Month (AAPL)

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The Apple dividend is getting a fat raise in April.

In fact, Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is almost sure to raise its dividend at least 10%.

How can investors be so sure that the AAPL dividend is getting hiked next month? Well, the company has promised to raise its dividend every year. And it has gotten into the habit of doing so every April.

As for the 10% hike, it's all in these numbers...

How to Tell If a Stock Hitting Yearly Highs Is Still a "Buy"

With many companies at fresh 52-week highs, investors may question the wisdom of putting more money to work. The fear is that a stock tapping new higher prices could be ready for a fall.

So what do you do when a stock is near its yearly highs? It is a bad time to open a new position or add to an existing one? Or do you sell and take profits?

We've got the answers. Here's exactly how to tell if a stock hitting yearly highs is still a "buy"...

Why an Apple Virtual Reality Device Is Good for Investors (AAPL)

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Evidence is piling up that an Apple virtual reality device is in the works.

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has posted several job listings in recent months seeking engineers with knowledge of virtual reality. A patent that surfaced last month described a piece of virtual reality headgear.

But is it a good idea for Apple to pursue virtual reality?

In this video Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald delivers his verdict on Apple virtual reality and makes a surprising suggestion for Google Inc....

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