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Apple slice: Share split makes joining the Dow more likely

Who says Apple does not want to be in the Dow Jones industrial average?The iPhone maker's market value has stood high above most U.S. corporations' for a few years, yet Apple still isn't a component of that blue-chip stock benchmark. That is because the Dow weighs its 30 components by price, so a $500 stock would overwhelm the index.A seven-for-one stock split that will chop the price to about $75 changes the picture. Apple stunned the market with that announcement when reporting earnings on Thursday, and the change seems to increase the chance that the stock will be added to the index."I would think it would likely make it a Dow contender," said Eric Kuby, chief investment officer at North Star Investment Management Corp in Chicago, who owns the stock."Certainly previously it was not a candidate."The exclusion of the largest U.S. company is odd, since the 118-year-old stock average's stated purpose is to provide "a clear, straightforward view of the stock market and, by extension, the...

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