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Dow Jones Indexes has announced the launch of the Global Dow, a blue-chip representation of the world’s leading companies as selected by editors of Dow Jones & Company.

Dow Jones Indexes has announced the launch of the Global Dow, a blue-chip representation of the world’s leading companies as selected by editors of Dow Jones & Company.

The Global Dow measures the performance of 150 stocks of companies that are established global leaders as well as those poised for future global leadership.

Among the criteria considered by Dow Jones editors were companies’ size, reputation and importance in the global economy.

They chose stocks from both developed and emerging markets and from new as well as established sectors.

Robert Thomson, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and editor-in-chief for all of Dow Jones, says: ‘The turmoil of recent weeks has highlighted, among other things, how the global economy has converged and the continuing rise to prominence of emerging countries. The Global Dow will recognise smaller, vibrant companies in emerging markets and in promising new sectors as the new corporate forerunners alongside their more established peers.’

John A Prestbo, editor and executive director of Dow Jones Indexes, adds: ‘From a solar power company in Norway to a telecommunications enterprise in India, the objective of the Global Dow is to measure the performance of 150 blue-chip stocks worldwide. In Charles Dow’s day, tracking the stock market was a domestic undertaking. Today, equity markets are global in scope and more intertwined than ever.’

Stocks in the Global Dow are equally weighted and are rebalanced annually in September.

The largest three components by float-adjusted market capitalization in the Global Dow are Exxon Mobil, Procter & Gamble and General Electric.

The smallest three are General Motors, Renewable Energy and Suntech Power Holdings.

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