Stocks, indexes, points, equities, ticker symbols, ahhhh! If any of these bore you to death more than watching paint dry (because you don't understand them) then this article’s for you! Or, if you ever wondered what these indexes are, how they work, and why they matter, tune in.
I was going to summarize this article, but honesty, it's so well written and simplistic, it's already at it's bare bones...get what I did.
Please take a look at Alex Hickey's article, Markets 101: How to Read Stock Indexes and Securities, to learn more about the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), NASDAQ, Standard & Poor S&P 500, Oil, Gold, and the 10-Year.