As of now, we have the following contestants, pledging $5 to the person whose guess is closest to Dow as of closing on Jul 1,2009. Money is to be split in the unlikely case of more than one contestant being equally distant to the value of Dow on Jul 1.
The entries are (gleaned from the thread)
SteveB: 5,000 Ignoramus: 8,000 Jon Elson: 5,500 Steamer: (no valid entry) Wes: 9,000 ben91932: 10,300
If someone has any objections, please speak up.