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Yahoo BusinessAug 12, 2020
Apple's Split to End Dominion of Dow Average's Biggest Stock
(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc.'s planned stock split will diminish its influence on the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the iPhone maker's 100% surge since March lows nearly dragged the price-weighted measure back to an all-time high.At its current price of $452 a share, Apple has the biggest weighting in the index at 11%. A 4-to-1 split now would drop its price tag to about $113 and send its ranking in the Dow Average down to 16th. Apple has rallied almost 55% in 2020, adding more than 1,100 points to a stock measure that's fallen about 2% during that time. The split is scheduled to take effect Aug. 31.In a world where passive investing rules the stock market, a drop of weight in indexes like the Dow Average is likely to prompt outflows from money managers who mimic benchmark changes. About $31.5 billion was either indexed or benchmarked to the gauge at the end of 2019, according to data from S&P Dow Jones Indices.A stock split "is an appeal to retail," said Charles Day, a UBS managing director and private wealth adviser with more than $600 million in assets under management. "It will make a difference for the Dow."The split, however, won't affect Apple's No. 1 position in the S&P 500, an index that's weighted by market capitalization, rather than stock prices.Apple has rallied the most in the Dow this year as locked-down consumers snapped up new iPhones, iPads and Mac computers to stay connected during the pandemic. While any selling as a result of the weighting change may pale in comparison to the c
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