ETF Explainer: DIA

The ETF tracking the Dow Jones Industrial Average includes some of the top companies in the U.S..

Reviewed by: Heather Bell
Edited by: Heather Bell

SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust


Each month, we look at an ETF selected by based on its performance and importance to investors. This month, we consider the performance of the $22.2 billion SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust (DIA), which tracks one of the best known financial measures in the world. All the companies mentioned below are holdings in DIA, unless otherwise noted (*).



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AUG 7 Visa’s market value surpasses that of JPMorgan Chase, such that Visa is the second-largest financial firm in the world after Berkshire Hathaway.*

NOV 5 Walgreens stock sees a 3.5% bump on reports that the company was looking to take itself private with the help of Evercore Partners.

FEB 24 UnitedHealth Group’s stock has its worst day in nine years, falling nearly 8%, after presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wins the Nevada Democratic primary election.

MAR 9 The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls more than 2,000 points (7.79%) on concerns about the economic consequences of the coronavirus in its worst day since Oct. 15, 2008.

APR 14 Apple and Google* announce they’re teaming up to create apps for contact-tracing coronavirus using Bluetooth signals.

JUL 15 Goldman Sachs’ share price jumps after the company breezes past earnings and revenue estimates, largely driven by its trading and investment banking divisions.

Source: Bloomberg; data for 7/31/2019-7/31/2020

Heather Bell is a former managing editor of She has also held editorial positions at Dow Jones Indexes and Lehman Brothers. Bell is a graduate of Dartmouth college and resides in the Denver area with her two dogs.