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Is ExxonMobil Worth Its Weight?

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Fool contributor and personal finance analyst Dan Caplinger discusses topics around the investing world.

Today, Dan looks at ExxonMobil in the latest installment of a Motley Fool series in which we examine how each Dow stock affects the world-renowned blue chip average. Even though Exxon has the biggest market cap of any Dow component, the way that the Dow Jones is calculated gives Exxon less weight than several other stocks in the Dow. Dan discusses whether this fairly reflects Exxon's influence and then speculates about whether more energy stocks might get added to the Dow in the future.

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Fool contributor Dan Caplinger doesn't own shares of the companies mentioned. You can follow him on Twitter @DanCaplinger. The Motley Fool owns shares of Chesapeake Energy. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Chevron and Chesapeake Energy. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Dan Caplinger

Dan Caplinger has been a contract writer for the Motley Fool since 2006. As the Fool's Director of Investment Planning, Dan oversees much of the personal-finance and investment-planning content published daily on With a background as an estate-planning attorney and independent financial consultant, Dan's articles are based on more than 20 years of experience from all angles of the financial world.

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