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100 Years Dow Jones Industrial Average Chart History (Updated )


Overview      Dow Jones Chart  1920 -1980         

Dow Jones Chart 1981-2000     

Dow Jones Chart 2011 to 2017     

Dow Jones History Chart from 1920 to 1940(Great Depression):

This two decades are very important for stock market history and is characterized by US stock market tremendous gain from 1920 to 1929 and hard crash of US stock market from 1929 to 1933.

Dow Jones index moved from 54 point to 381 at its peak in 1929. Dow was up 600 percent before 1929 crash. Dow index also moved from original 12 stocks to 30 stocks. Because of stock market strong growth, this period is also known as roaring twenties. Key events during this period are:


Dow Jones Chart1920 to 1940

                                                 Data source:Yahoo Finance

Hard crash(Great Depression) in Dow Jones history:

Dow was hit hard by 1929 stock market crash.  Dow Jones Stock market came down from 1929 386 point to 41 points in 1932. DJIA losses almost 90 percent of its value from 1929 to 1932.

US economy faced great depression during this time that started with stock market crash. Dow never lost that amount of index value during its beginning to till today.

Highest One day gain:

Dow Jones gained 15.34 percent in March 3, 1933 in a single day and close above 62 point with 8 point gain at the close. Dow in its history never gained that much percentage in a single day.

Largest fall in Two Day:

Dow Jones index lost 24.5 percent or one fourth of its value only in two day in October 28 and October 29,1929. Dow lost 12.82 percent in October 28 and 11.73 percent in October 29,1929. Index temporarily got support at 230 point. This two day fall completely collapsed the prosperity of roaring twenties.

Dow Jones Famous “Black Thursday”:

1929 October 28 is also known in history as Black Thursday. Stock market crash began this day and Dow jones index lost 12.82 percent this day. Index came down from 299 to 264 point. This is second largest losing day of Dow day as a percentage.

However, this day is very important from trading point of view. As DJIA close below 300 points, Index started to collapse because investors lost their confidence to the market and market was heading toward free fall.

Dow index fall October 29, 1929:

This day was fourth largest losing day of Dow Jones history. Dow Jones chart shows Dow fall 11.73 percent or 30 .57 points this day. Dow index came down from 260 to 230.

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Dow Jones History Chart from 1941 to 1960:

Dow Jones industrial average (Djia) graph from 1941 to 1960 shows, Dow Jones chart shows 2 strong bull market and moderate bull market. First,bull market Dow Jones index gained 128 percent and Second, bull market Dow jones index gained 354.74 percent.

Even though this 20 years are characterized by Korean War, Chinese civil war, cold war, Dow Jones climbed up almost 500 percent.

Dow Jones History Chart 1941 to 1960 ..

                          Data source:Yahoo Finance


1.Bull market from 1942 to 1946 :Dow jones chart show its first strong bull market from 1942 to 1946. This bull market was 1492 days old that makes it one of the longest bull market in Dow jones’s history. During this period Dow Jones industrial average made 128 percent bullish upward start from 92.7 point.

2.Bull market from 1949 to august 1956:  Bull market from 1949 to 56 is 2nd largest bull market of US stock market history. During this period, Dow Jones industrial average chart moved 160 to 524 points. That was over 200 percent move during this period.

3.Cross 500 points March 1956: Dow Jones index achieved a milestone by crossing historic 500 points in March 1956 and closed above that point.

4.Highest point: Dow Jones reached its peak point 688.2 in January 1960 among this two decades duration.

5.Bull market 1958-59: Dow Jones chart moved 63 percent during the 3rd bull market and market moved from 416 to 679 point during this phrase.


Dow Jones History Chart from 1961 to 1980

Dow Jones index chart went through flash crash 1962 and 1973-74 bear market during this time. During this twenty years, Dow Jones industrial average chart also hits milestone of 1000 points and closes above 1000 points.

During flash crash, Dow was down 5.7 percent in a single day and in 1973-74 bear market, DJIA was down 45 percent. Dow Jones chart shows lot of peak and bottom during this time means market did not have extended  bull market.

Dow Jones Industrial Average Chart 1961 to 1980

Data source:Yahoo Finance

Flash crash 1962:   In May 28 1962, market went Dow Jones industrial average went down 5.7 percent in a single day. Market was down 34.95 point that day, the second-largest point decline then on record. This is known as flash crash in Dow jones’s history. The market was anemic for year after the flash crash.

1973-1974 bear market: 11 January 1973 to 6 December 1974, DOW Jones dropped 45% from its peak. This was the seventh-worst bear market in the history of the index. This recession happens because of 1973 oil crisis and fall of the Bretton woods system.

Dow hits 1000 points:  Nov. 14 1972, Dow jones raised   6.09 to close at 1,003.16. This was the first close above 1,000.00 for Dow jones chart

Dow Jones highest Point: Dow Jones industrial average chart hits 1025.21, highest point of the decades in November 24 1972.

Dow Jones lowest point:  Dec. 06, 1974 Dow Jones index Closed at a 12-year low of 577.60.This is the ending day of the worst bear market since the ’30’s and Dow Jones chart hit the bottom for decades.

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