The Domino Effect - Apple Stock Split Brings DJIA Shuffle
What you need to know before the US markets open 🇺🇸
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Market Snapshot 📈
S&P 500 (Monday Close) 3,431.28 +34.12 (1.00%)
NASDAQ (Monday Close) 11,379.72 +67.92 (0.60%)
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USDINR (5 PM IST) 74.22 (1 Year +3.71%)
The Dow Shuffle – Apple’s Stock Split Brings About Major Changes
On Monday, the S&P Dow Jones Indices announced a significant recast of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The Dow is switching out Exxon Mobil, Pfizer, and Raytheon, and replacing them with Salesforce, Amgen, and Honeywell, the first three-stock change since 2013.
What Happened? The Dow is price-weighted, meaning stocks with higher share prices are given greater weightage. Apple’s announcement of the 4-for-1 stock split meant the 30-stock benchmark’s exposure to technology was lowered from 27.6% to 20.3%. To bring the DJIA’s tech weight back into range, Exxon Mobil will make way for cloud-based CRM giant Salesforce.com. At the same time, biopharma company Amgen will replace pharma giant Pfizer; industrial conglomerate Honeywell will take the place of defense contractor Raytheon Technologies.
This recast will help diversify the 124-year old index by eliminating overlap between companies of similar scope; in many ways, the index will be a better reflection of the American economy.
Stock splits within DJIA are rare. The last was Nike’s 2-for-1 split in 2015, with Apple being just the 18th since 1999. [As an aside, Apple has single-handedly lifted Dow by 1400 points in 2020].
The recast is effective August 31st with UnitedHealth Group, Home Depot, and Amgen taking the top three spots. Apple drops to 17th from the top spot
Market Reaction: After-hours, Salesforce shares rose 3.8%, while Exxon Mobil shares retreated 1.6%. Amgen rallied 4%, while Pfizer shed 1.6%; and Honeywell rose 3.7%, while Raytheon dropped 3%.
The DJIA closed 1.35% higher at 28,308.46, just 4% shy of its all-time high of 29,568.57 which was recorded on February 12, 2020.
CRM $208.46 +0.93 (+0.45%)
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DJI 28,308.46 +378.13 (+1.35%)
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Later Today 🕒
6:30 PM IST: Case-Shiller national home price index (year-over-year)
7:30 PM IST: Consumer confidence index
7:30 PM IST: New home sales (SAAR)
9.00 PM IST: Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin speaks
After Market Close: Intuit Inc Earnings
After Market Close: Salesforce Inc. Earnings
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