The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a stock index based on the share prices of 30 of the largest companies in the U.S. The value of the Dow tends to mirror the performance of the U.S. stock market as a whole, so it is often used as a barometer of the overall health of the market.
Dow Peak Closing Value
The all-time high closing value for the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 16,715.44 on May 13, 2014. At the time of publication, the DOW is hovering near 16,600 so new highs are possible within the year. Prior to the recession that began in 2008, the DOW's all time high was 14,164.53, achieved on October 9, 2007.