|Dow Jones Industrial Average|
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|Foundation:|| DJIA: May 26, 1896
(DJA: February 16, 1885)
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, informally "the Dow," is a stock market index of the thirty largest and most widely held companies in the United States of America. It began to slide downward in summer 2007 and in spring 2008 it began to crash, leaving us in an economic recession. See Late 2000s recession.