It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day ups and downs of the markets. It's important, though, to get at least some longer-term perspective if you want to tap into more important trends that can lead to strong returns for your portfolio.
With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the stocks of the Dow Jones Industrials
On the upside, the biggest mover of the month by far has been Cisco Systems
Bank of America
On the other side of the coin, some Dow stocks continue to struggle. Hewlett-Packard
Another loser for August is Coca-Cola
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