All 30 Dow Jones Stocks Ranked: The Pros Weigh In

The Dow Jones Industrial Average comprises 30 blue-chip stocks that are tops in their industries. But some Dow Jones stocks are better buys than others.

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You can't beat Dow Jones stocks for stability and defense in a down market.

Although the Dow Jones Industrial Average has by no means escaped 2022's widespread shellacking in equities, the blue-chip barometer is indeed holding up better than the other two major market benchmarks.

The elite list of 30 large- and mega-cap stocks generated a total return (price plus dividends) of -5.3% for the year-to-date through April 12. The broader S&P 500's total return over the same span came to -7.4%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite delivered a total return of -14.4%.

Rising interest rates, the highest inflation readings in four decades, geopolitical jitters and COVID-19-related shutdowns in China have very much impaired the market's appetite for risk. That's where Dow Jones stocks come in.

This collection of industry-leading companies and dividend growth stalwarts with their battleship-like balance sheets can offer something of a safe harbor in tempestuous times.

To get a sense of which Dow Jones stocks Wall Street recommends at this juncture in an uncommonly uncertain year, we screened the DJIA by analysts' consensus recommendations, from worst to first, using data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Here's how the ratings system works: S&P surveys analysts' stock calls and scores them on a five-point scale, where 1.0 equals a Strong Buy and 5.0 is a Strong Sell. Scores between 3.5 and 2.5 translate into Hold recommendations. Scores higher than 3.5 equate to Sell ratings, while scores equal to or below 2.5 mean that analysts, on average, rate shares at Buy. The closer a score gets to 1.0, the higher conviction the Buy recommendation.

Read on as we show you how industry analysts rate all 30 Dow Jones stocks, and what they have to say about their prospects for the 12 months ahead.

Stock prices, analysts' recommendations and other data as of April 12, courtesy of S&P Global Market Intelligence and YCharts, unless otherwise noted. Stocks are listed by analysts' consensus recommendation, from lowest to highest.

Dan Burrows
Senior Investing Writer,

Dan Burrows is Kiplinger's senior investing writer, having joined the august publication full time in 2016.

A long-time financial journalist, Dan is a veteran of SmartMoney, MarketWatch, CBS MoneyWatch, InvestorPlace and DailyFinance. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Senior Executive and Boston magazine, and his stories have appeared in the New York Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News and Investor's Business Daily, among other publications. As a senior writer at AOL's DailyFinance, Dan reported market news from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and hosted a weekly video segment on equities.

Once upon a time – before his days as a financial reporter and assistant financial editor at legendary fashion trade paper Women's Wear Daily – Dan worked for Spy magazine, scribbled away at Time Inc. and contributed to Maxim magazine back when lad mags were a thing. He's also written for Esquire magazine's Dubious Achievements Awards.

In his current role at Kiplinger, Dan writes about equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities, funds, macroeconomics and more.

Dan holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree from Columbia University.

Disclosure: Dan does not trade stocks or other securities. Rather, he dollar-cost averages into cheap funds and index funds and holds them forever in tax-advantaged accounts.