Dow up 34 points on gains for shares of Salesforce Inc., Merck

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Led by strong returns for shares of Salesforce Inc. and Merck, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up Thursday afternoon. Shares of Salesforce Inc. CRM, +3.28% and Merck MRK, +2.71% have contributed to the index’s intraday rally, as the Dow DJIA, +0.07% was most recently trading 34 points, or 0.1%, higher. Salesforce Inc.’s shares are up $5.22, or 3.1%, while those of Merck have climbed $2.73 (3.1%), combining for an approximately 52-point bump for the Dow. Procter & Gamble PG, +2.44%, Walmart WMT, +2.50%, and Verizon Communications Inc. VZ, +2.03% are also contributing significantly to the gain. A $1 move in any one of the 30 components of the benchmark equates to a 6.59-point swing.