Tuesday - February 12, 2008
Dow Jones announced yesterday that it will be replacing two stocks in its Dow Jones Industrial Average effective Feb 19. Altria Group (MO) and Honeywell International (HON) will be replaced with Bank of America (BAC) and Chevron (CVX).
This is the first change in the average since April 2004. The move reflects the desire of Dow Jones to increase the concentration of financial service and energy in its benchmark. In addition, Altria is spinning off its international operations next month.
Though the change could impact the Dow's performance in the future, it is essentially a non-event for most investors. The average remains comprised of just 30 stocks with about 99% of all companies excluded from the Dow. Nonetheless, the average remains a useful benchmark for gauging the performance of America's leading companies.
Chevron is a Zacks #2 Rank ("buy") stock and Bank of America is currently a Zacks #5 Rank ("strong sell"). Shares of CVX closed up yesterday, while BAC closed down slightly.
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