Eight years have now passed since 9/11, and the Dow is essentially unchanged since that horrible, sad day. On 9/11/01, the Dow was at 9,605. The index is currently trading just 15 points below that level at 9,590. [SA Editor update: the Dow closed at 9605 on 9/11/09.]
The stocks that made up the index that day have had big moves, however. Hewlett Packard (NYSE:HPQ) is up the most with a gain of 157%, while General Motors is bankrupt. Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT), McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), United Technologies (NYSE:UTX), Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), and Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) are all up more than 50%, while Alcoa (NYSE:AA), General Electric (NYSE:GE), Eastman Kodak (EK), and Citigroup (NYSE:C) are all down more than 50%. Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) are currently trading the closest to where they were on 9/11/01.