Dow Jones Transportation Average

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The Dow Jones Transportation Average (DJTA, also called the "Dow Jones Transports") is a U.S. stock market index from S&P Dow Jones Indices of the transportation sector, and is the most widely recognized gauge of the American transportation sector. It is the oldest stock index still in use, even older than its better-known relative, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA).[1]


Dow Jones Transportation Average 1896–2012

The index is a running average of the stock prices of twenty transportation corporations, with each stock's price weighted to adjust for stock splits and other factors.[1] As a result, it can change at any time the markets are open. The figure mentioned in news reports is usually the figure derived from the prices at the close of the market for the day.

Changes in the index's composition are rare, and generally occur only after corporate acquisitions or other dramatic shifts in a component's core business. Should such an event require that one component be replaced, the entire index is reviewed.[2] As of April 2010, the index consists of the following 20 companies:[2][3] Alaska Air Group replaced AMR Corporation on December 2, 2011, after AMR corp. filed for bankruptcy protection.[citation needed] Effective October 30, 2012, Kirby Corp. replaced Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.[4] Effective October 1, 2014, Avis Budget Group Inc. replaced GATX Corporation.[5] On October 15, 2015, American Airlines Group replaced Con-way.[6]

(as of November 12, 2016)

Corporation Ticker Industry
Alaska Air Group, Inc. ALK airlines
American Airlines Group Inc. AAL airlines
Avis Budget Group, Inc. CAR rental and leasing services
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. CHRW trucking
CSX Corp. CSX railroads
Delta Air Lines DAL airlines
Expeditors International EXPD delivery services
FedEx Corporation FDX delivery services
JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc. JBHT trucking
JetBlue Airways Corp. JBLU airlines
Kansas City Southern KSU railroads
Kirby Corp. KEX marine transportation
Landstar System, Inc. LSTR trucking
Matson, Inc. MATX marine transportation
Norfolk Southern Corp. NSC railroads
Ryder System, Inc. R transportation services
Southwest Airlines, Inc. LUV airlines
Union Pacific Corp. UNP railroads
United Airlines Holdings UAL airlines
United Parcel Service, Inc. UPS delivery services


The average was created on July 3, 1884, by Charles Dow, co-founder of Dow Jones & Company, as part of the "Customer's Afternoon Letter". At its inception, it consisted of eleven transportation companies—nine railroads and two non-rail companies:

As a result of the dominating presence of railroads, the Transportation Average was often referred to as "rails" in financial discussions in the early and middle part of the 20th century.

Use in Dow theory[edit]

The Transportation Average is an important factor in Dow theory.

Price history[edit]

In 1964, the index first broke 200, slightly over where it was in 1929.

In 1983, the index first broke 500. In 1987, the index broke 1000. It closed at 2146.89 on March 9, 2009, having a low coincident with some other indices; this was a bit above its low of 1942.19 on March 11, 2003.

The index broke above the mid-5000s to begin a run of record highs on January 15, 2013, at a time when the better-known Industrials stood about 5% below all-time highs achieved more than five years earlier. By May, the Industrials and all other major indexes except the NASDAQ group were making all-time highs, including the Transports, which reached new closing and intraday records above the 6,500 level. On October 24, 2013, the Transports closed at 7,022.79, for its first close above 7,000 points. It closed the year at a record high of 7,400.57. On May 27, 2014, it first closed above 8,000 points.[7] The index closed above 9000 on November 10, 2014.[8] At the close of 2014, the index hit 9139.92. At the close of 2015, the index hit 7508.71, a loss of 17.85% on the year.

Record values[edit]

Category All-Time Highs
Closing 11,570.84 Friday, September 14, 2018
Intraday 11,611.52 Friday, September 14, 2018


The index is tracked by an exchange-traded fund, iShares Transportation Average (NYSE ArcaIYT).[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Dow Jones Transportation Average". Street Authority web site. Archived from the original on 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
  2. ^ a b "Dow Jones Transportation Average". official web site. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
  3. ^ Seeking Alpha, Dow Jones Transport Index at New Highs. May 19, 2008.
  4. ^ "Dow Jones Indexes Press Room | Kirby Corp Set to Join the Dow Jones Transportation Average". S&P Dow Jones Indexes.
  5. ^ "Avis Budget Group Set to Join the Dow Jones Transportation Average and American Water Works to Join the Dow Jones Utility Average" (PDF). September 23, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  6. ^ Dow Jones Indexes Press Room | American Airlines Set to Join the Dow Jones Transportation Average
  7. ^ S&P 500 falls shy of a record, breaks four days of gains
  8. ^ "Stock Market News for November 11, 2014 - Market News -".
  9. ^ "iShares page for iShares Transportation Average ETF".

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