Visual History Of The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA)

Published on by on March 14, 2013 | Updated February 25, 2014

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is one of the oldest and most well-known benchmarks in today’s marketplace. The index is comprised of the 30 largest stocks in the United States, and it has seen some dramatic changes over the years. The Dow’s specific goal is to reliably measure the performance of the U.S. stock market, and as such it has spawned a number of related ETFs. State Street’s (DIA, A) is easily the most popular, but also related products like iShares’ (IYE, A) and Schwab’s (SCHH, A).

But the index has also chosen to exclude some big name stocks over the years.¬†For instance both Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) have market caps more than large enough for inclusion, yet they are not represented. The Dow reserves the right to subjective discretion for inclusion, as decided upon by the Averages Committee. In Apple and Google’s case, their high stock prices would be a major shift to a price-weighted index whose average stock falls just below $60. But despite excluding some big names, the Dow has also been home to some of the biggest blue chips in recent years [see also 7 Simple & Cheap All-ETF Model Portfolios].

Below, we outline the top ten components of the Dow Jones since 1999. Simply click on a year to see which companies dominated this index during that particular time. Be sure to check out our visual pieces on both the NASDAQ-100 and S&P 500.

Top 10 Dow Components For 1999
$2,754,778
Top 10 Dow Components
Microsoft Corp
$601,029
General Electric Co
$508,329
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$307,865
Intel Corp
$275,006
Exxon Mobil Corp
$195,588
International Business Machines Corp
$192,472
Citigroup Inc
$187,529
AT&T Inc
$166,305
AT&T Corp
$162,419
Home Depot Inc/The
$158,236

Top 10 Dow Components For 2000
$2,382,877
Top 10 Dow Components
General Electric Co
$475,003
Exxon Mobil Corp
$302,195
Citigroup Inc
$256,994
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$237,296
Microsoft Corp
$231,290
Merck & Co Inc
$215,912
Intel Corp
$202,321
AT&T Inc
$161,632
Coca-Cola Co/The
$151,112
International Business Machines Corp
$149,122

Top 10 Dow Components For 2001
$2,404,751
Top 10 Dow Components
General Electric Co
$397,889
Microsoft Corp
$356,806
Exxon Mobil Corp
$268,812
Citigroup Inc
$259,710
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$256,505
Intel Corp
$211,092
International Business Machines Corp
$208,371
Johnson & Johnson
$180,141
Merck & Co Inc
$133,753
AT&T Inc
$131,672

Top 10 Dow Components For 2002
$1,793,028
Top 10 Dow Components
Microsoft Corp
$276,411
General Electric Co
$242,613
Exxon Mobil Corp
$235,108
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$222,949
Citigroup Inc
$177,948
Johnson & Johnson
$159,550
International Business Machines Corp
$130,982
Merck & Co Inc
$127,121
Procter & Gamble Co/The
$111,662
Coca-Cola Co/The
$108,684

Top 10 Dow Components For 2003
$2,134,061
Top 10 Dow Components
General Electric Co
$311,066
Microsoft Corp
$295,937
Exxon Mobil Corp
$271,002
Citigroup Inc
$250,402
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$229,589
Intel Corp
$209,351
International Business Machines Corp
$159,449
Johnson & Johnson
$153,334
Procter & Gamble Co/The
$129,517
Coca-Cola Co/The
$124,414

Top 10 Dow Components For 2004
$2,354,557
Top 10 Dow Components
General Electric Co
$385,883
Exxon Mobil Corp
$330,693
Microsoft Corp
$290,489
Citigroup Inc
$250,042
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$223,686
Pfizer Inc
$202,508
Johnson & Johnson
$188,213
American International Group Inc
$171,042
International Business Machines Corp
$164,106
Intel Corp
$147,895

Top 10 Dow Components For 2005
$2,320,803
Top 10 Dow Components
General Electric Co
$370,344
Exxon Mobil Corp
$349,512
Microsoft Corp
$278,358
Citigroup Inc
$245,512
Procter & Gamble Co/The
$198,839
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$194,851
Johnson & Johnson
$178,793
American International Group Inc
$177,098
Pfizer Inc
$171,901
Altria Group Inc
$155,595

Top 10 Dow Components For 2006
$2,538,202
Top 10 Dow Components
Exxon Mobil Corp
$446,944
General Electric Co
$383,564
Microsoft Corp
$293,538
Citigroup Inc
$273,691
Procter & Gamble Co/The
$203,656
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$192,479
Johnson & Johnson
$191,415
Pfizer Inc
$186,751
American International Group Inc
$186,296
Altria Group Inc
$179,868

Top 10 Dow Components For 2007
$2,551,191
Top 10 Dow Components
Exxon Mobil Corp
$511,887
General Electric Co
$374,637
Microsoft Corp
$333,054
AT&T Inc
$252,051
Procter & Gamble Co/The
$228,016
Johnson & Johnson
$190,879
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$190,349
Altria Group Inc
$159,196
Intel Corp
$155,881
Pfizer Inc
$155,241

Top 10 Dow Components For 2008
$1,874,850
Top 10 Dow Components
Exxon Mobil Corp
$406,067
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$219,898
Procter & Gamble Co/The
$184,576
Microsoft Corp
$172,930
General Electric Co
$170,033
AT&T Inc
$167,950
Johnson & Johnson
$166,002
Chevron Corp
$150,296
Pfizer Inc
$119,417
JPMorgan Chase & Co
$117,681

Top 10 Dow Components For 2009
$1,976,835
Top 10 Dow Components
Exxon Mobil Corp
$323,717
Microsoft Corp
$270,636
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$203,654
Johnson & Johnson
$177,714
Procter & Gamble Co/The
$177,145
International Business Machines Corp
$171,951
JPMorgan Chase & Co
$171,053
AT&T Inc
$165,405
General Electric Co
$161,097
Chevron Corp
$154,463

Top 10 Dow Components For 2010
$2,049,824
Top 10 Dow Components
Exxon Mobil Corp
$368,712
Microsoft Corp
$238,785
General Electric Co
$194,875
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$192,098
Chevron Corp
$183,634
International Business Machines Corp
$182,329
Procter & Gamble Co/The
$180,072
AT&T Inc
$173,636
Johnson & Johnson
$169,856
JPMorgan Chase & Co
$165,827

Top 10 Dow Components For 2011
$2,155,190
Top 10 Dow Components
Exxon Mobil Corp
$406,272
Microsoft Corp
$218,380
International Business Machines Corp
$216,724
Chevron Corp
$211,894
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$204,660
General Electric Co
$189,082
Procter & Gamble Co/The
$183,541
AT&T Inc
$179,202
Johnson & Johnson
$179,089
Pfizer Inc
$166,346

Top 10 Dow Components For 2012
$2,251,867
Top 10 Dow Components
Exxon Mobil Corp
$394,611
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$228,246
Microsoft Corp
$224,801
General Electric Co
$220,107
International Business Machines Corp
$216,439
Chevron Corp
$211,650
Johnson & Johnson
$194,265
AT&T Inc
$191,473
Procter & Gamble Co/The
$185,627
Pfizer Inc
$184,648

Top 10 Dow Components For 2013
$2,608,760
Top 10 Dow Components
Exxon Mobil Corp
$435,020
Microsoft Corp
$302,360
General Electric Co
$276,510
Johnson & Johnson
$260,900
Wal-Mart Stores Inc
$252,210
Chevron Corp
$238,210
JP Morgan
$222,630
Procter & Gamble Co/The
$219,480
International Business Machines Corp
$202,410
Pfizer Inc
$199,030