The Dow Jones Industrial is dropping Bank of America, Alcoa and Hewlitt Packard

Three companies being dropped

  The Dow Jones industrial average is swapping Bank of America for Goldman Sachs and also replacing Hewlett-Packard and Alcoa in a six-company shake up of the most widely known barometer of the U.S. stock market.
 
   S&P Dow Jones Indices says it will replace HP with Visa and Alcoa with sneaker maker Nike in the first three-for-three change to the index since April 8, 2004. The changes will become effective at the start of trading Sept. 23.
 
   S&P Dow Jones Indices manages the average and says the changes won't disrupt the level of the index. It says a push to diversify the sector and industry group representation of the index helped prompt the changes.
 
   The Dow is made up of 30 stocks. A small committee decides which companies are added or dropped.
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