Is the Dow That Big a Deal?

Thursday's market action was indicative of recent trends. The Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out a gain, posting a record close for the seventh consecutive day. The Nasdaq Composite lagged on the day with a 0.35% decline, and that continues the trend of group rotation away from the tech-heavy benchmark, a dynamic that I believe will continue throughout the third quarter. 

I have mentioned this in many prior Real Money columns, but professional investors largely ignore the DJIA in favor of broader indices like the S&P 500. As an equal-weighted, price-weighted index, the DJIA certainly has its weaknesses as a benchmarking tool, but I keep seeing the picture of the trader with the "DOW 22,000" hat on CNBC, and it makes me curious about this old relic of an index. ...425 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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