A View of the Dow Jones Industrial Average Components on a Risk-Return Basis

We used the Economatica system to illustrate the current Risk-Return characteristics of the components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (the Dow).

To highlight the risk-return of the Dow we ranked the 30 companies by market capitalization and, using the Economatica system, we calculated their 1-year risk return profiles and generated a scatter plot chart to visualize the results.

In the table below, the companies are ranked by market capitalization, from highest to lowest. All of the 30 stocks but 2 had positive 1 year returns, the exceptions being Procter & Gamble (-7.32%) and Walgreens (-13.53%). In terms of risk, 16 companies’ risk profile is greater than 20, and four of these are greater than 25 (Intel, Walgreens, Caterpillar and Boeing).

The three companies with the highest 1 year returns are: Nike (55.84%), Microsoft (54.66%),and Cisco Systems (52.67%). The 1 year risk for these companies are 23.55, 22.27, and 21.50, respectively.


The analysis of risk-return is perhaps best depicted in a scatter plot chart as you can easily see which companies pose the least amount of risk (and usually lower returns) and those with the greatest amount of risk (and usually higher returns).

For example, the two companies with the least amount of risk are Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble, 13.05 and 14.88 respectively. In contrast, Intel, Walgreens, and Caterpillar have the highest measure of risk, 30.11, 26.83, 25.88 respectively.


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