Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ), Bank of America Corp (BAC): Sweeping Changes Hit the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (^DJI) on a Day of Triple-Digit Gains

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Although we don’t believe in timing the market or panicking over daily movements, we do like to keep an eye on market changes — just in case they’re material to our investing thesis.

Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI)

Big changes are coming to the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI), but that hasn’t kept the blue-chip index from sustaining its big weekly run. As of 2:15 p.m. EDT, the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI) is up more than 100 points, with most of its component stocks in the green. The Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI) is ejecting some its most under-fire stocks, and three new members are set to replace them. Who’s in, and who’s out? Let’s catch up on what you need to know.

Blue chips trading places
Say goodbye to AlcoaHewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), and Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC), Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI) watchers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI)’s parent company is set to kick those three firms, each struggling with its own troubles, out of the index as of Sept. 23. Nike, Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS), and credit card giant Visa will step in, representing a broad mix of America’s industries that will shake up the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI)’s price-weighted rankings. While Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), Alcoa, and Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) are three of the cheaper stocks on the Dow by price, Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) and Visa each trade at well more than $100 per share and will therefore have a big impact on the Dow’s movements.

It’s a quick out for Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC), which only joined the Dow back in 2008. The financial crisis quickly sideswiped the financial giant, which has dealt with today’s news in good fashion: Its stock is up 1% to rank among the Dow’s leaders.

Recently, Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC)’s numerous legal troubles have stalled the firm’s attempts to move past the recession. Worse, the company’s mortgage business hasn’t been performing up to snuff, with the company’s CFO expecting 30% fewer home loans to be made in the third quarter as compared to the second quarter due to a weak refinancing market. That has pushed Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) to slash more than 2,000 jobs in its mortgage business as part of its ongoing cost-cutting measures. Slashing costs has helped Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) stay ahead of earnings expectations, but the company will have to show serious growth outside of its investment arms in order to continue to please investors.

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