Tuesday, September 10, 2013

3 changes to the Dow

It doesn't happen often that the folks who bring us the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU +0.85%) bring in three new components.

But there's a reason for the fresh players: They're growing and have less of a chance to be sunk by global forces they can't possibly control.

Those coming in on Sept. 23: investment bank Goldman Sachs (GS +3.54%), athletic equipment maker Nike (NKE +2.17%) and transaction company Visa (V +3.38%).

Saying goodbye to the Dow after Sept. 20 are Alcoa (AA -0.31%), a Dow component for 54 years; Bank of America (BAC +0.90%), which has struggled mightily since the 2008 crash; and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ -0.40%), a tech giant from the 1970s on and inventor of the laser printer.

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