The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) was one of the modern world’s first market indicators. Today the price-weighted index is comprised of 30 large publicly-owned companies based in the United States. Year-to-date the blue chip index has returned 11.02% to shareholders, while the S&P500 has returned 16.03% and the NASDAQ has returned 21.98%. Since 1900, the average annual return for the Dow was 9.4%, 4.8% in price appreciation and 4.6% in dividends. The past 25 years the Dow returns have averaged 10.5% annually, 7.7% price appreciation and 2.7% in dividends. Moving in to the third quarter of 2012, the Dow has beaten both the 100+ year average returns and the 25 year average. This article will examine the bottom three performers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
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