As of December 2015, the closing record of 18,312.39 for the Dow Jones Industrial Average was reached on May 19, 2015, according to About.com. The Nasdaq composite index highest point of 5,218.85 was reached on July 20, 2015, states Nasdaq’s website.
The DJIA and the Nasdaq composite are the two leading stock market indices in the U.S., reports Investopedia. The DJIA tracks the share price of 30 major companies which are considered to best represent their industries. The Nasdaq composite index represents all the stocks on the Nasdaq. The DJIA was introduced in May 1896. The Nasdaq composite started in 1971.