The venerable Dow Jones industrial average made the largest change to its stock index since 2004, dropping Hewlett-Packard, Alcoa and Bank of America from the list, and adding Visa, Goldman Sachs and Nike. S.&.P. Dow Jones Indices attributed the change to sinking stock prices of the three companies that were cut and an effort to diversify companies on the index. The change will go into effect after the markets close Sept. 20.
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