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For the most part, Dow Jones refers to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (one of the original stock indices) and is one of the most regularly referenced American barometers of equity performance. Not to be confused with the Dow Jones Transportation Index (which was the first index), the Dow Jones Industrial Average is commonly referred to as "DJIA" or "the Dow", and consists of thirty stocks (which historically were industrial-based). However, the US economy has recently become more consumer-oriented, and as such, the index has shown a shift in composition that has very little to do with direct industrial investment.