By MarketWatch Automation
Shares of Microsoft and Apple Inc. are seeing strong returns Wednesday morning, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average into positive territory. The Dow /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.04% was most recently trading 218 points (0.8%) higher, as shares of Microsoft /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT +0.84% and Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL +1.32% have contributed to the index's intraday rally. Microsoft's shares have risen $6.06 (3.0%) while those of Apple Inc. are up $11.84, or 2.7%, combining for a roughly 123-point boost for the Dow. Also contributing significantly to the gain are Merck /zigman2/quotes/209956077/composite MRK -0.76% , Home Depot /zigman2/quotes/208081807/composite HD +0.02% , and UnitedHealth /zigman2/quotes/210453738/composite UNH +1.19% . A $1 move in any of the Dow's 30 components results in a 6.86-point swing.