The Dow Jones Industrial Average rebounded just a little more than halfway through the month of July after ending June back near its recent lows. The best Dow Jones stocks to buy and watch in July are Apple (AAPL), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Microsoft (MSFT) and UnitedHealth (UNH).
There are clear winners — and losers —halfway through the month of July. The top three performing Dow Jones stocks through July 18 were Merck, Chevron (CVX) and Amgen (AMGN) with advances of 20.5%, 18.9% and 8.4%, respectively.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq finished June down 29.5% for the year. The S&P 500 was down 20.6%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 15.3% through June 30.
What Is The Dow Jones Industrial Average?
Founded in 1896 with 12 stocks, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is one of the oldest stock market indexes. There are 30 Dow Jones stocks designed to serve as a bellwether for the general U.S. stock market. Other major stock indexes include the technology-heavy Nasdaq composite and the S&P 500 index — an index of the 500 largest companies in the United States.
Best Dow Jones Stocks To Watch
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Source: IBD Data As Of July 18, 2022
Amid the current stock market rally — according to the IBD Big Picture — investors should focus on the top stocks that show strong relative strength. They could be some of the market’s leaders if the Dow Jones Industrial Average is able to extend its rebound.
Potential Dow Jones stocks to buy and watch in July that are in or near buy zones include Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Microsoft and UnitedHealth.
Apple stock rallied 1.3% Wednesday, and is approaching its 200-day line. Apple shares are about 17% off their 52-week high. The stock sold off 2.1% Monday on reports that the company plans to slow hiring and spending growth next year to prepare for a potential recession.
According to the IBD Stock Checkup, Apple stock shows an 83 out of a best-possible 99 IBD Composite Rating. The Composite Rating — an easy way to identify top growth stocks — is a blend of key fundamental and technical metrics to help investors gauge a stock’s strengths.
Johnson & Johnson Stock
JNJ shares were down 0.15% Wednesday.
Drug giant Merck broke out past a flat base’s 95.02 buy point in recent weeks, but is about 5% below the entry following Wednesday’s 2.5% drop.
If the stock is able to regain the entry, the 5% buy area goes up to 99.77.
Dow Jones software leader Microsoft rose more than 1% Wednesday, as the top Dow Jones stock continues to build a new base. MSFT shares are below their 200-day line and trying to surpass resistance at their 50-day line.
The stock is about 25% off its 52-week high.
Health insurance giant and IBD Leaderboard stock UnitedHealth is in buy range above its double-bottom-with-handle base’s 518.80 buy point amid Wednesday’s 2.7% drop.
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