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This could stop Amazon’s stock rally in its tracks

There is one thing that Amazon.com Inc.’s investors might cheer, but could end up stopping the stock’s climb to record highs in its tracks: entering the venerable Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The Dow’s recent underperformance, and the pending acquisition of component DuPont & Co., has some on Wall Street wondering if the 121-year-old “blue chip” barometer needs some extra juice.

The Dow DJIA, -0.15% has gained 4.2% year to date, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.30% has advanced 5.1% and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.11% has run up 9.8%.

Becoming one of the select 30 Dow companies might seem like validation for the e-commerce and technology giant and its investors.

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