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Dow Jones and WSJ: landmarks


This chronology is indicative only. Context is provided by the broader communications and media timeline.


1884 Charles Jones introduces 'Dow Jones Average' on Wall Street with 11 stocks in Customer's Afternoon Letter

1889 Wall Street Journal founded

1896 introduces industrial average

1921 Barron's founded

1929 introduces utilities average

1936 James Ottaway buys Endicott Bulletin

1944 Ottaway buys Oneonta Star

1946 Ottaway buys The Pocono Record in Stroudsburg

1946 Far Eastern Economic Review founded

1962 National Observer launched by Dow Jones (closed 1977)

1970 Ottaway Newspaper group bought by Dow Jones

Expansion overseas

1976 Asian Wall Street Journal founded

1978 buys Book Digest for US$10m (folded in 1982)

1983 Wall Street Journal Europe founded

1987 buys 50% stake in AmericaEconomia magazine

1990 completes creeping acquisition of Telerate for US$1.6bn

1992 launches SmartMoney

1997 forms CNBC business television alliance with NBC

1998 sells Telerate to Bridge Information Systems (later acquired by Reuters)

1999 launches Vedomosti in Russia

2001 forms newsgathering partnership with Oster Communications

2002 sells Joplin Globe, Portsmouth Herald, Ashland Daily Independent and Mankato Free Press to CNHI for US$182m

2002 buys MoneyView On-Line BV

2002 sells stake in AmericaEconomia magazine

2002 sells Salem Evening News, Gloucester Daily Times and Newburyport Daily News for US$70m

2002 closes Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly

2003 buys Stockton Record from Omaha World-Herald for US$144m

2004 buys MarketWatch for US$500m

2006 Reuters agrees to sell its 50% stake in Factiva to Dow Jones for US$160m