Merck, Microsoft share gains contribute to Dow's nearly 100-point jump

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Behind positive gains for shares of Merck and Microsoft, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is climbing Thursday morning. Shares of Merck and Microsoft are contributing to the index’s intraday rally, as the Dow was most recently trading 97 points higher (0.3%). Merck’s shares have gained $1.49, or 2.0%, while those of Microsoft have climbed $2.78, or 1.0%, combining for an approximately 28-point bump for the Dow. Nike IBM and Intel are also contributing significantly to the gain. A $1 move in any of the Dow’s 30 components equates to a 6.58-point swing.

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