A chart that explains the differences between three main stock market indices: the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA):

Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA):

S&P 500

S&P 500

Nasdaq composite

Nasdaq composite

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Number of stocks included

Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA):

30

S&P 500

500

Nasdaq composite

3,000+

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Created in

Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA):

1896

S&P 500

1923

Nasdaq composite

1971

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Composed of

Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA):

Large US companies that a committee has chosen for inclusion

S&P 500

The largest US companies that meet certain criteria

Nasdaq composite

Most stocks that are listed on the Nasdaq exchange

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Weighted by

Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA):

Price

S&P 500

Market capitalization

Nasdaq composite

Market capitalization

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Best for

Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA):

A widely followed measure of well-known companies

S&P 500

A broad measure of the market's performance across sectors

Nasdaq composite

A view of the technology sector