A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE DAX 30 INDEX

July 14, 2017 12:34

What is the DAX 30?

The DAX 30 is a blue chip* stock market index representing Germany's 30 largest and best-performing companies that trade on the Frankfurt Exchange.

*A blue chip corporation boasts a nation-wide reputation for premium quality, reliability, and the ability to remain profitable in both good and bad economic conditions.

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Which Companies Are in the Dax 30?

As you can tell by the name of the index, there are 30 companies involved. Which are they? The table below provides a detailed overview of all the companies, including the industry group they belong to, the index weighting, and the number of employees they have.

Company

Industry Group

Index Weighting (%)

Employees

Adidas

Clothing

3.44

60,617

Allianz

Insurance

7.84

140,253

BASF

Chemicals

8.30

113,830

Bayer

Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals

8.95

115,200

Beiersdorf

Consumer Goods and Chemicals

0.88

17,659

BMW

Manufacturing

2.71

124,729

Commerzbank

Banking

0.91

51,305

Continental

Manufacturing

2.16

220,000

Daimler

Manufacturing

7.18

282,488

Deutsche Bank

Banking

2.49

99,744

Deutsche Börse

Securities

1.37

5,283

Deutsche Lufthansa

Transport Aviation

0.73

123,287

Deutsche Post

Logistics

3.01

508,036

Deutsche Telekom

Communications

5.16

218,341

E.ON

Energy

1.40

56,490

Fresenius

Medical

3.07

232,873

Fresenius Medical Care

Medical

1.69

109,319

HeidelbergCement

Building

1.34

60,000

Henkel

Consumer Goods and Chemicals

2.14

49,450

Infineon Technologies

Semiconductors

2.05

36,299

Linde

Industrial Gases

2.90

64,538

Merck

Pharmaceuticals

1.36

49,613

Munich Re

Insurance

2.86

43,428

ProSiebenSat.1 Media

Media

0.92

6,054

RWE

Energy

0.73

59,762

SAP

Software

8.91

84,183

Siemens

Industrial, Electronics

10.46

364,000

ThyssenKrupp

Industrial, Manufacturing

1.05

156,487

Volkswagen Group

Manufacturing

2.57

626,715

Vonovia

Real Estate

1.43

7,437

Source: Wikipedia, as of March 2017

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Some Things You Should Know About the Dax 30

• The Base Date for DAX is 30 December, 1987 starting with a base level of 1,000 points.

• DAX is one of the world's most popular underlyings.

• What makes DAX unique is that it is calculated as a performance index.

• There is a significant difference between DAX 30 and other indices, e.g., FTSE 100, CAC 40 – DAX 30 includes dividends in the calculations as the return reported is the total-return.

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REFERENCES
1. Wikipedia

2. Investopedia

3. Deutsche Borse