Dow Jones Industrial Average Index
The Dow Jones Industrial Average , also called the Industrial Average, the Dow Jones, the Dow Jones Industrial, the Dow 30, or simply the Dow, is a stock market index and one of several indices created by Wall Street Journal editor and Dow Jones & Company co-founder Charles Dow. The industrial average was first calculated on May 26, 1896. Currently owned by S&P Dow Indices, which is majority owned by McGraw Hill Financial. It is the most notable of the Dow Averages, of which the first (non-industrial) was first published on February 16, 1885. The averages are named after Dow and one of his business associates, statistician Edward Jones. It is an index that shows how 30 large publicly owned companies based in the United States have traded during a standard trading session in the stock market It is the second oldest U.S. market index after the Dow Jones Transportation Average, which was also created by Dow. Hope you enjoyed that little history lesson.