By MarketWatch Automation
Behind strong returns for shares of Apple Inc. and Microsoft, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is climbing Wednesday afternoon. Shares of Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL -2.27% and Microsoft /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT -1.79% have contributed to the blue-chip gauge's intraday rally, as the Dow /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.17% was most recently trading 61 points higher (0.2%). Apple Inc.'s shares are up $7.14 (1.9%) while those of Microsoft are up $3.47 (1.7%), combining for an approximately 73-point boost for the Dow. Other components contributing significantly to the gain include Nike /zigman2/quotes/203439053/composite NKE +1.40% , Walt Disney /zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite DIS -0.68% , and Boeing /zigman2/quotes/208579720/composite BA -1.27% . A $1 move in any of the index's 30 components equates to a 6.86-point swing.