Dow Jones Industrial Average

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average, commonly known as the Dow Jones, is a stock price index based on thirty prominent stocks on the New York Stock Exchange.
Dow Jones index since 1925, in constant 2009 dollars


The Dow Jones Industrial Average is the average of these thirty stocks, and is a commonly used indicator of general trends in the prices of stocks and bonds in the United States. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was first published by Wall Street Journal editor Charles Dow in 1896 with twelve stocks. The only stock of the original twelve that is still a part of the Average is General Electric.

Year closing price change % change coeff. var
volatility
2007 13,265 +802 +6.4% 3.95%
2008 8,776 -4,488 -33.8% 13.70%
2009 10,428 +1,652 +18.8% 11.30%
2010 11,578 +1,149 +11.0% 4.35%
2011 12,218 +640 +5.5% 4.15%
2012 13,104 +887 +7.3% 2.50%
2013 16,577 +3,473 +26.5% 4.80%
2014 17,823 +1,246 +7.5% 3.30%
2015 17,425 -398 -2.2% 3.15%


2008-2009 by quarter
Quarter closing price change % change coeff. var
volatility
2008 1st 12,263 -1,002 -7.6% 2.30%
2nd 11,350 -913 -7.3% 3.40%
3rd 10,851 -499 -4.4% 2.25%
4th 8,776 -2,074 -19.1% 12.15%
2009 1st 7,609 -1,167 -13.3% 8.05%
2nd 8,447 +838 +11.0% 3.25%
3rd 9,712 +1,265 +15.0% 5.30%
4th 10,428 +716 +7.4% 2.90%

Sources

http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/oecon/chap12.htm