By MarketWatch Automation
Led by strong returns for shares of Microsoft and Apple Inc., the Dow Jones Industrial Average is rallying Wednesday morning. The Dow /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +1.34% was most recently trading 289 points higher (1.0%), as shares of Microsoft /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT +2.28% and Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL +3.75% have contributed to the blue-chip gauge's intraday rally. Microsoft's shares have gained $5.70 (2.8%) while those of Apple Inc. have climbed $9.80 (2.2%), combining for a roughly 106-point boost for the Dow. UnitedHealth /zigman2/quotes/210453738/composite UNH +3.36% , Home Depot /zigman2/quotes/208081807/composite HD +1.07% , and Merck /zigman2/quotes/209956077/composite MRK -0.26% are also contributing significantly to the gain. A $1 move in any of the Dow's 30 components results in a 6.86-point swing.