The US 30
is one of the most widely recognised stock market indices in the world. Historically, the index was created to track the movements of the largest industrial companies in America, however today it is comprised of thirty companies from all different sectors. The index often faces criticism because it is a price weighed average, which means a higher priced stock will have a greater influence over the index than those with a lower price and thus does not take into account percentage change. Additionally, many feel its inclusion of merely 30 stocks is not an accurate representation of the overall U.S. market performance. That being said, it is comprised of some of the largest household names not only in the United States, but also the world.
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The US 30 is influenced by major economic data, such as the rate of unemployment or inflation, geopolitical events and the decisions of Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), or more commonly referred to as the Fed. Since the United States is the largest global economy and the USD is the reserve currency of the world, the decisions of the Fed to alter their monetary policy wields a tremendous influence on the markets in general, but tends to have a more pronounced impact on the US equity market in general. Lastly, uncertainty tends to have a major impact on investor sentiment and their willingness to invest in the equity market. Some of the biggest factors which influence sentiment are rapidly changing energy prices, war/terrorism and political unrest or gridlock.
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