Salesforce Inc., Merck share gains lead Dow's 180-point climb

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Led by positive growth for shares of Salesforce Inc. and Merck, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is climbing Thursday afternoon. The Dow DJIA, +0.50% was most recently trading 180 points (0.6%) higher, as shares of Salesforce Inc. CRM, +3.09% and Merck MRK, +3.11% are contributing to the index’s intraday rally. Salesforce Inc.’s shares have climbed $5.79 (3.5%) while those of Merck have risen $2.92 (3.3%), combining for a roughly 57-point boost for the Dow. Nike NKE, +2.88%, Procter & Gamble PG, +2.67%, and Walmart WMT, +2.28% are also contributing significantly to the gain. A $1 move in any one of the 30 components of the index results in a 6.59-point swing.