Home Depot and these other stocks have powered the Dow's move from 23,000 to 24,000

  • Higher-priced stocks typically have a bigger influence on the Dow's movements.
  • Six high-priced stocks accounted for more than 600 points of the Dow's 1,000-point gain.
  • Several companies saw price declines in this period, but because most of them were lower-priced stocks, their influence on the Dow was more modest.

The Dow Jones industrial average first crossed 23,000 intraday on Oct. 17. Because the Dow is a price-weighted index, the higher-priced stocks typically have a bigger influence on the Dow's movements. This again was the case with the move from 23,000 to 24,000, with higher-priced stocks such as UnitedHealth, Boeing, 3M and Apple all contributing the bulk of the gains.

The one exception is Goldman Sachs, which despite being the second-highest-priced stock in the Dow (after Boeing), contributed only 23 points to the Dow's gain.

Here's a breakdown of the stocks that contributed the most to the Dow's 1,000-point run from 23,000 to 24,000, based on the closing prices on Oct. 17 to the opening prices today.

Dow from 23,000 to 24,000

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These six (representing 20 percent of the Dow) accounted for more than 600 points of the Dow's 1,000-point gain.

The good news is that this is a well-diversified group, with health care, industrials, retail and technology industries all represented.

Several companies saw price declines in this period, but because most of them were lower-priced stocks, their influence on the Dow was more modest.

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  • Bob Pisani

    A CNBC reporter since 1990, Bob Pisani covers Wall Street from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

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