Dow Jones 120 Years as the World’s Benchmark

Dow Jones 120 Years as the World’s Benchmark

Dow Jones 120 Years as the World’s Benchmark

S&P Dow Jones Indices (“S&P DJI”), one of the world’s leading index providers, today proudly celebrates the 120th anniversary of the Dow Jones Industrial Average® (“DJIA”), the premier indicator for U.S. stock market performance.

To mark the occasion, the historic Empire State Building in New York City was lit in green and red last night symbolizing the ups (green) and downs (red) of the market, which DJIA has tracked and measured for 120 years. The green spire was meant to reflect an optimistic view of the future.

Additionally, executives of S&P Global and its division, S&P Dow Jones Indices, along with several CFOs of the DJIA companies, will today ring The Closing Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange.

These events can be followed on Twitter using #Dow120.

“The Dow is one of the great innovations in the history of business and commerce,” said Douglas L. Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of S&P Global. “The Dow embodies transparency, analytical rigor and integrity and it is those qualities that have been instrumental in its long-term position as the preeminent benchmark of U.S. blue-chip companies.”

“For 120 years, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has remained the essential gauge for the economic health of the U.S. market and continues to demonstrate tremendous vitality,” said Alexander J. Matturri, Chief Executive Officer of S&P Dow Jones Indices. “The unrivaled reputation, integrity and track record of this benchmark fully reflect the fundamental role that indices play in today’s financial market. We proudly trace the root of S&P Dow Jones Indices’ success to this very first headline benchmark and the pioneering spirit that our predecessors put forward 120 years ago.”

The DJIA is a witness of the evolution of the world’s largest economy, having passed countless milestones in its more than century-long history. It took the benchmark 76 years to close for the first time at 1000 points in 1972 but less than a year to reach 10000 from 9000 in 1999, and the speed at which the Index passes each 1000 points has been accelerating. Only one of the original 12 constituents – General Electric Co. – has managed to stay in the Index today, indicating the dramatic change in the U.S. economy over the past 120 years.

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Shayne Heffernan Funds Manager at HEFFX holds a Ph.D. in Economics and brings with him over 25 years of trading experience in Asia and hands on experience in Venture Capital, he has been involved in several start ups that have seen market capitalization over $500m and 1 that reach a peak market cap of $15b. He has managed and overseen start ups in Mining, Shipping, Technology and Financial Services.

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