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So GE got the boot from the Dow

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GE, of course, has been troubled for years. Its stock has fallen sharply recently, and its reputation as a well run company which in hindsight, it didn’t deserve is in tatters. As are people moncler outlet online who bet heavily on GE stock.

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Here’s why: The Dow is an average that’s based on the share prices of its components. People often call it an index, but it’s an average. You add up the stock prices of the 30 stocks, run the total through something called the Dow Divisor (which I’ll discuss another day), and voil you get the Dow average.

cheap moncler jackets sale By contrast, the Standard Poor’s 500 stock index and the various total stock market indexes in which people invest through mutual funds are based on companies’ stock market values, not their share prices. cheap moncler jackets sale

That distinction between market value and share price is why trillions of dollars of investments are tied to the S and total market indexes, and virtually nothing is linked to the Dow. Total market value matters. Share prices, as we’ll see in a bit, can be sort of random.

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But when it comes to share price, as opposed to stock market value, GE isn’t in the same league as the other Dow stocks. GE’s share price, about $13 cheap moncler outlet when last I looked, was less than a fifth of the $67.50 that Walgreens shares were fetching. In fact, GE’s share price was less than half that of the Dow’s second lowest priced stock, Pfizer.

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The reason the Dow is an average, of course, is that when it was launched in 1896, the only way to get a timely number for the Dow’s value was to add up the stock prices of its components and divide by the number of components.

Now, with vast computing power in the world, calculating second to second changes in the value of a 500 stock index or even a multi thousand stock index is child’s play. (At least for children who, unlike me, don’t have fat fingers when it comes to using a computer.)

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Now, let me show you one last strange thing.

Had GE really, really, really wanted to stay in the Dow, it could have done a 1 for 10 reverse split of its stock. That would have left it with about 870 million shares outstanding, rather than 8.7 billion and its stock price would have been about $130, rather than about $13. Its stock market value, however, would have been unchanged.

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cheap moncler outlet I can’t imagine a $130 per share GE getting kicked out of the Dow. But kicking out a $13GE, which had virtually no influence on the average, was an easy call. Symbolism over substance. And that, my friends, is the bottom line cheap moncler outlet.