Merck, Visa share gains contribute to Dow's nearly 150-point climb

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up Thursday morning with shares of Merck and Visa seeing positive momentum for the index. Shares of Merck MRK, +4.99% and Visa V, +3.27% are contributing to the blue-chip gauge’s intraday rally, as the Dow DJIA, +1.45% was most recently trading 140 points, or 0.4%, higher. Merck’s shares have gained $3.59 (4.3%) while those of Visa have gained $6.11, or 2.9%, combining for a roughly 64-point bump for the Dow. Salesforce Inc. CRM, +4.93%, Apple Inc. AAPL, +3.92%, and Nike NKE, +3.84% are also contributing significantly to the gain. A $1 move in any one of the 30 components of the index equates to a 6.59-point swing.