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What is the S&P 500 Index?

What is the S&P 500 Index?  It is the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index,  a composite of the 500 most actively traded public companies in all ten economic sectors of the U.S., and is maintained by Standard and Poor’s, a division of the Parent company McGraw-Hill. The S&P 500 was created in 1957.

This stock index is the second most followed index after the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), and the stocks which make up the S&P 500 are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the NASDAQ Exchange.

Many companies in the S&P 500 are also listed in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Some popular companies included in the S&P 500 Index include:

  1. 3M Company (MMM) Industrials
  2. American International Group (AIG) Financials
  3. Altria Group (MO) Consumer Staples
  4. Apple Inc. (AAPL) Information Technology
  5. AT&T (T) Telecommunications
  6. Bank of America (BAC) Financials
  7. Black & Decker (BDK) Consumer Discretionary
  8. Chevron Corp. (CVX) Energy
  9. ConocoPhillips (COP) Energy
  10. Deere & Co. (DE) Industrials
  11. Dow Chemical (DOW) Materials
  12. Eastman Kodak (EKDKQ) Industrials
  13. Ford Motor Corp. (F) Consumer Discretionary
  14. Gilead Sciences (GILD) Healthcare
  15. Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Financials
  16. Halliburton Co. (HAL) Energy
  17. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Information Technology
  18. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Healthcare
  19. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) Financials
  20. Kellogg Co. (K) Consumer Stables
  21. Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) Industrials
  22. Southern Co. (SO) Utilities
  23. Target Corp. (TGT) Consumer Discretionary
  24. Walmart Stores (WMT) Consumer Staples
  25. Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) Information Technology

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