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The Dow's Biggest Blowup

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John Maxfield
October 5, 2012

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI  ) contains 30 of the best-known and most successful companies in the world. They build the airplanes we ride on, serve us millions of hamburgers every day, and bring us the Internet on the devices they assemble.

But while their distinct identities are often usurped by inclusion on the index, each of the Dow's components offers investors unique opportunities and exposure. With this in mind, the current article series provides a cursory update on each of the 30 stocks included on the storied index. Up today is Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ  ) .

Since I last discussed HP, noting that it has underperformed the Dow by 45 percentage points, things have gone from bad to worse at the technology company. As you can see in the chart below, this gaping divide has now expanded an additional seven percentage points. For the year, shares in HP are down a startling 43% compared to the broader market's gai