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Dow Jones & Company
the Dow Jones Industrial Average and related market statistics, Dow Jones Newswire and a number of financial publications. In 2010 the Dow Jones Indexes

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"Dow Jones" redirects here. For the stock market index commonly referred to as the "Dow Jones", see Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Dow Jones & Company Inc. Type Subsidiary of News Corp.Industry News and PublishingFounded November 1882; 135 years ago (1882-11)
15 Wall Street, New York City, New York, U.S.Founder Charles Dow, Edward Jones, Charles BergstresserHeadquarters 1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
U.S.Key people William Lewis (CEO)[1][2]Products
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Barron's
  • Dow Jones Newswires
  • Dow Jones Financial Information Services
  • DJX
  • Factiva
  • MarketWatch
  • (See complete products listing.)
Revenue $1.5 billion USD (2009)Net income $386.56 million USD (2009)Parent News CorpWebsite dowjones.com

Dow Jones & Company is an American publishing and financial information firm that has been owned by News Corp. since 2007.

The company was best known for the publication of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and related market statistics, Dow Jones Newswire and a number of financial publications. In 2010 the Dow Jones Indexes subsidiary was sold to the CME Group and the company focused on financial news publications, including its flagship publication The Wall Street Journal and providing financial news and information tools to financial companies.

The company was led by the Bancroft family, which held 64% of voting stock, from the 1920s until 2007 when an extended takeover battle saw News Corp take control of the company.

Contents
  • 1 History
  • 2 Products
    • 2.1 Consumer media
    • 2.2 Enterprise media
    • 2.3 Dow Jones Newswires
    • 2.4 Ventures
    • 2.5 Broadcasting
    • 2.6 Indices
    • 2.7 NewsPicks USA
  • 3 Ownership
    • 3.1 Buyout offer
      • 3.1.1 Insider trading scandal
  • 4 Corporate governance
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links
History

The company was founded in 1882 by three reporters: Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser.

Dow Jones was acquired in 1902 by Clarence Barron, the leading financial journalist of the day, after the death of co-founder Charles Dow.[3] Upon Barron's death in 1928, control of the company passed to his stepdaughters Jane and Martha Bancroft. The company was led by the Bancroft family, which effectively controlled 64% of all voting stock, until 2007 when an extended takeover battle saw News Corporation acquire the business. The company became a subsidiary of News Corporation.[4] It was reported on August 1, 2007, that the bid had been successful[5][6] after an extended period of uncertainty about shareholder agreement.[7] The transaction was completed on December 13, 2007. It was worth US$5 billion or $60 a share, giving News Corp control of The Wall Street Journal and ending the Bancroft family's 105 years of ownership.[8]

In 2010, the company sold 90% of Dow Jones Indexes to the CME Group, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average.[9]

Products Consumer media

Its flagship publication, The Wall Street Journal, is a daily newspaper in print and online covering business, financial national and international news and issues around the globe. It began publishing on July 8, 1889. There are 12 versions of the Journal in nine languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa, Turkish and Korean. The Journal holds 35 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism.[10]

Other consumer-oriented publications of Dow Jones include Barron's Magazine, a weekly overview of the world economy and markets and MarketWatch, the online financial news site. Financial News[11] provides news on investment banking, securities, and asset management. BigCharts,[12] provided by MarketWatch's Virtual Stock Exchange Games,[13] includes stock charts, screeners, interactive charting, and research tools. Professor Journal,[14] is a "Journal" in education program for professors to integrate into curriculum.

In 2017, Dow Jones launched Moneyish, a lifestyle and personal finance website aimed at millennial readers.[15]

Dow Jones also published Heat Street, an online news and opinion website launched in February 2016 that was later folded into MarketWatch.[16]

The monthly journal Far Eastern Economic Review closed in September 2009.

Enterprise media

Dow Jones serves corporate markets and financial markets clients with financial news and information products and services. Its products combine content and technology tools to help drive decisions. Dow Jones owns more than 20 products that combine content and technology to help drive decisions which include;

  • Dow Jones Newswires;[17]
  • Dow Jones Factiva, a database that provides a curated basis for making decisions through search results, alerts, newsletters, and charts about companies, topics, and people.
  • Dow Jones FX Select,[18] delivers real-time, breaking global FX news, expert trend analysis and in-depth policy commentary in 13 languages;
  • Dow Jones VentureSource,[19] helps find deal and partnership opportunities, perform comprehensive due diligence and examine trends in venture capital investment, fund-raising and liquidity. It provides data on venture-backed companies, including their investors and executives, in every region, industry and stage of development throughout the world.
  • Private Equity Analyst,[20] timely news and critical analysis of private equity and venture capital activity. Offers exclusive insight and breaking news on developments in fund-raising, investment, deal finance, liquidity, returns, executive moves and more.
  • Dow Jones Risk & Compliance,[21] on risk management, regulatory compliance or corporate governance content for Anti-Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering, Payments & Sanctions and more.
Dow Jones Newswires

Dow Jones Newswires is the real-time financial news organization founded in 1882, its primary competitors are Bloomberg L.P. and Thomson Reuters. The company reports more than 600,000 subscribers — including brokers, traders, analysts, world leaders, and finance officials and fund managers — as of July 2011.

Logo of the Dow Jones Newswires Ventures

In 2009 Dow Jones Ventures launched FINS.com, a standalone resource for financial professionals with information about finance careers and the finance industry.

Broadcasting

In broadcasting, Dow Jones provides news content to CNBC in the U.S. It produced two shows for commercial radio, The Wall Street Journal Report on the Wall Street Journal Radio Network and The Dow Jones Report. The network was shut down in 2014.

Dow Jones also launched WSJ Live[22] an interactive video website that provides live and on demand videos from The Wall Street Journal Video Network. Programs include "News Hub", "MoneyBeat", and "Lunch Break" among others. WSJ Live was shut down in 2017.

Indices Main article: S&P Dow Jones Indices

Dow Jones sold a 90% stake in its Index business for $607.5M to Chicago-based CME Group, which owns the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, in February 2010.[23] A few of the most widely used include:

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA, "Dow 30", or often simply "The Dow")
  • Dow Jones Transportation Average
  • Dow Jones Utility Average
  • Dow Jones Composite Average
  • The Global Dow
  • Dow Jones Global Titans 50 Index
  • Dow Jones Total Stock Market Index
  • Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes
  • Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Indexes
  • Dow Jones Target Date Indexes
NewsPicks USA

In March 2017, Dow Jones and NewsPicks Inc., a Japanese firm that develops and operates a business news platform of the same name, established a joint venture called NewsPicks USA, LLC..[24] The joint venture is headed by CEO Ken Breen, who is currently the Senior Vice President, Commercial, for the Dow Jones Media Group, together with Chairman Yusuke Umeda, who is also the Director of NewsPicks Inc.[25][24][26]

The joint venture launched the English version of the NewsPicks platform for the US market on November 13, 2017. Similar to the original Japanese edition, the US edition of NewsPicks combines business news from sources like The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Reuters with social networking features, such as comments on news articles from top-ranked business professionals from around the world ("ProPickers").[27] The platform currently has a smartphone app for the iPhone with plans for release on Android in the future.[28]

Ownership

The company's foundation was laid by Charles Dow, Edward Jones and Charles Bergstresser who, over two decades, conceived and promoted the three products which define Dow Jones and financial journalism: The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires and the Dow Jones Industrial Average.[3]

Dow Jones was acquired in 1902 by the leading financial journalist of the day, Clarence Barron.[3]

In 2007 Dow Jones was acquired by News Corp., a leading global media company.[3]

The Bancroft family and heirs of Clarence W. Barron effectively controlled the company's class B shares, each with a voting power of ten regular shares, prior to its sale to News Corp. At one time, they controlled 64% of Dow Jones voting stock.[29]

Currently, Dow Jones is owned by Rupert Murdoch, owner of News Corp, and several other major media companies.

Buyout offer

On May 1, 2007, Dow Jones released a statement confirming that News Corporation, led by Rupert Murdoch, had made an unsolicited offer of $60 per share, or $5 billion, for Dow Jones.[30] Stock was briefly halted for pending press release. The halt lasted under 10 minutes while CNBC was receiving data. It has been suggested that the buyout offer is related to Murdoch's new cable business news channel Fox Business that launched in 2007. The Dow Jones brand brings instant credibility to the project.[31]

On June 6, 2007, CEO Brian Tierney of Philadelphia Media Holdings L.L.C., owning company of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, went public in an article on Philly.com expressing interest in "joining with outside partners to buy Dow Jones." Tierney said, "We would participate as Philadelphia Media Holdings, along with other investors. We wouldn't do it alone."[32]

In June, MySpace founder Brad Greenspan put forth a bid to buy 25% of the Dow for $60 a share, the same price per share as News Corporation's bid. Greenspan's offer was for $1.25 billion for 25% of the company.[33]

On July 17, 2007, The Wall Street Journal, a unit of Dow Jones, reported that the company and News Corporation had agreed in principle on a US$5 billion takeover, that the offer would be put to the full Dow Jones board on the same evening in New York, and that the offer valued the company at 70% more than the company's market value.[34]

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Our strategy centers around leaving the print publications of Dow Jones intact to continue serving as the gold standard of financial reporting, and creating additional earnings streams through digital media initiatives that can produce a stock price above 100 dollars a share,

For too long, Dow Jones has limited its focus to the world of print media and allowed other, less established entities to generate millions of dollars in profits by developing financial reporting franchises on the Internet and cable television.

The time has come for Dow Jones to break out of its slumber and extend its dominance into the lucrative arena of digital media.

— Channel News Asia Business Section—[35] Insider trading scandal

Upon investigating suspicious share price movements in the run-up to the announcement, the SEC alleged that board member Sir David Li, one of Hong Kong's most prominent businessmen, had informed his close friend and business associate Michael Leung of the impending offer. Leung had acted on this information by telling his daughter and son-in-law, who reaped an US$8.2 million profit from the insider trading transaction.[36]

Corporate governance

Prior to its sale to News Corp, the last members of the board of directors of the company were: Christopher Bancroft, Lewis B. Campbell, Michael Elefante, John Engler, Harvey Golub, Leslie Hill, Irvine Hockaday, Peter Kann, David Li, M. Peter McPherson (Chairman), Frank Newman, James Ottaway, Elizabeth Steele, and William Steere.[citation needed]

See also
  • New York City portal
  • Companies portal
  • Closing milestones of the Dow Jones Industrial Average
  • List of assets owned by Dow Jones
References
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  2. ^ "News Corp Announces Changes at Dow Jones & Company". Business Wire. January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Dow Jones History Archived June 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Pérez-Peña, Richard (December 13, 2007). "Shareholders Back Dow Jones Sale". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ "Murdoch wins fight for Dow Jones". BBC News. 
  6. ^ "Login". Business.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Login". Business.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Murdoch's News Corp. Will Buy Dow Jones, People Say (Update2)". Bloomberg. July 31, 2007. 
  9. ^ McCracken, Dennis K. Berman And Jeffrey. "CME Buys 90% of Dow Jones Indexes". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ "INDUSTRY LEADERS TO ADDRESS KEY ISSUES IN BUSINESS AND THE ENVIRONMENT AT WALL STREET JOURNAL'S ECO:NOMICS CONFERENCE" (PDF). Images.dowjones.com. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Investment Banking, Securities and Asset Management - Financial News". Efinancialnews.com. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  12. ^ "BigCharts: Stock Charts, Screeners, Interactive Charting and Research Tools". Bigcharts.marketwatch.com. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Virtual Stock Exchange". Marketwatch.com. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Professor Journal - WSJ". Professor.wsj.com. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  15. ^ Willens, Max (March 7, 2017). "Dow Jones tries a millennial finance site, Moneyish". Digiday. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  16. ^ Niedzwiadek, Nick (February 16, 2016). "News Corp to Launch Center-Right Digital Media Site". Wsj.com. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  21. ^ "focused". Dowjones.com. Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  22. ^ "WSJ Video - The Wall Street Journal". Wsj.com. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  23. ^ "CME Buys 90% of Dow Jones Indexes". The Wall Street Journal. February 11, 2010. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  24. ^ a b "NewsPicks establishes a new Joint Venture with Dow Jones". uzabase.com. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Dow Jones". DowJones.com. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Uzabase, Inc. announces change in Chief Executive Officer". uzabase.com. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Dow Jones". DowJones.com. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  28. ^ "NewsPicks USA - Business, Financial and Economic News with commentary from experts". NewsPicks.us. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  29. ^ BBC News - Dow Jones family to consider sale - 1 June 2007
  30. ^ "News Corp. offers $60 for Dow Jones - May. 1, 2007". Money.cnn.com. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  31. ^ thefirstpost.co.uk - Rupert Murdoch comes roaring back Archived October 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  32. ^ Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  33. ^ "Stock quotes, financial tools, news and analysis - MSN Money". Articles.moneycentral.msn.com. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  34. ^ Sarah Ellison (July 17, 2007). "Dow Jones, News Corp. Set Deal". WSJ. 
  35. ^ "Internet tycoon offers new plan for Dow Jones to foil Murdoch - Chann…". Channelnewsasia.com. July 22, 2012. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  36. ^ The News Corp-Dow Jones Insider Trading Case: A Significant Settlement, SEC Actions, February 6, 2008
External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dow Jones & Company.
  • Official website
  • Dow Jones corporate history
  • Dow Jones Indexes corporate site
  • Dow Jones Stock Indexes averages research site
  • Dow Jones Indexes video on indexing using Latin America as an example
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