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A year ago, UnitedHealth Group, Inc. (NYSE: UNH) was added to the Dow Jones Industrial Index (DJIA) to replace Kraft Foods, Inc, after Kraft's plan to spin off its American grocery business. Although UNH only accounted for approximately 3% of the index's weighted average, the stock's 29.6% return was the 4th best stock performer of the 30 stocks in the index contributing to the average's gain of 9.06% since being added through to yesterday's close.

Below is the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the 30 components since UNH was added on September 24, 2012.

(Clicking on the Corporations' names are links to Stockdiagnostics.com Charts of each stock through the date of the change on September 2012).

Ticker

Company

9/21/2012

8/30/2013

% return

BAC

Bank of America

$9.09

$14.12

55.34%

BA

Boeing Co.

$68.43

$103.92

51.86%

HPQ

Hewlett-Packard

$17.21

$22.34

29.81%

UNH

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

$55.50

$71.74

29.26%

JNJ

Johnson & Johnson

$66.90

$86.41

29.16%

HD

Home Depot Inc.

$58.54

$74.49

27.25%

CSCO

Cisco Systems Inc.

$18.34

$23.31

27.10%

JPM

JPMorgan Chase

$39.76

$50.53

27.09%

UTX

United Technologies Corp.

$78.87

$100.10

26.92%

AXP

American Express Co.

$57.11

$71.91

25.91%

MMM

3M Co.

$91.00

$113.58

24.81%

PFE

Pfizer Inc.

$23.70

$28.21

19.03%

TRV

Travelers Cos.

$67.39

$79.90

18.56%

DIS

Walt Disney Co.

$51.94

$60.83

17.12%

PG

Procter & Gamble Co.

$67.30

$77.89

15.74%

DD

E.I. DuPont de Nemours

$50.03

$56.62

13.17%

MSFT

Microsoft Corp.

$30.25

$33.40

10.41%

DJIA

Dow Jones Indust Ave

13,579.47

14,810.31

9.06%

VZ

Verizon Communications

$43.72

$47.38

8.37%

MRK

Merck & Co. Inc.

$43.66

$47.29

8.31%

CVX

Chevron

$114.02

$120.43

5.62%

GE

General Electric Co.

$21.97

$23.14

5.33%

MCD

McDonald's Corp.

$91.42

$94.36

3.22%

KO

Coca-Cola Co.

$37.24

$38.18

2.52%

WMT

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

$72.68

$72.98

0.41%

INTC

Intel Corp.

$22.22

$21.98

-1.08%

XOM

Exxon Mobil

$89.53

$87.16

-2.65%

T

AT&T

$36.26

$33.83

-6.70%

CAT

Caterpillar Inc.

$89.45

$82.54

-7.72%

IBM

Internat'l Bus Machines

$202.26

$182.27

-9.88%

AA

Alcoa Inc.

$9.00

$7.70

-14.40%

KFT

Kraft Foods

$51.93

Although Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) was the top performing stock in the chart above with a 55% return, shares are still 63.54% lower since being added to the Dow Jones Industrial Index on February 19, 2008. Chevron (NYSE:CVX) was also added to the index on the same day as Bank of America and CVX shares are 73.38% higher. Since the stocks were added to the DJIA, the index has gained 19.94%.

Prior to UnitedHealth Group being added to the Dow Jones Index, the last change to the index was made on the opening of June 8, 2009 with the addition of Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Travelers Cos. (NYSE: TRV). Since the 2009 change, Cisco has gained 23.66% and Travelers is up 105.03%, while the DJIA is 69.01% higher.

Today's Dow Jones Industrial index has changed significantly since its inception to adapt to the changing landscape of America. Alcoa (NYSE: AA), Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) are no longer considered leaders in today's marketplace and although HPQ stock has performed well of late, the stock performance is not indicative of the underlying business's future growth. It's time for companies like Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) that dominate the marketplace and the world economy to be added to the index to help get the index to 20,000 and beyond.

Source: Dow Jones Index Needs A Shuffle To Take Average To 20,000