By MarketWatch Automation
Shares of Apple Inc. and Microsoft are seeing positive gains Wednesday afternoon, leading the Dow Jones Industrial Average rally. Shares of Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL -1.37% and Microsoft /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT -0.17% are contributing about 50% of the index's intraday rally, as the Dow /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.57% was most recently trading 289 points higher (1.0%). Apple Inc.'s shares have risen $15.07, or 3.4%, while those of Microsoft have climbed $5.92 (2.9%), combining for an approximately 144-point boost for the Dow. Also contributing significantly to the gain are Home Depot /zigman2/quotes/208081807/composite HD +2.70% , Merck /zigman2/quotes/209956077/composite MRK +1.47% , and UnitedHealth /zigman2/quotes/210453738/composite UNH +0.22% . A $1 move in any one of the 30 components of the Dow results in a 6.86-point swing.