Walgreens Boots, Merck share gains lead Dow's 150-point jump

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Shares of Walgreens Boots and Merck are trading higher Thursday morning, lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average into positive territory. Shares of Walgreens Boots WBA, +1.63% and Merck MRK, +2.13% have contributed to the index’s intraday rally, as the Dow DJIA, +0.40% was most recently trading 153 points (0.5%) higher. Walgreens Boots’s shares have gained $0.89, or 2.2%, while those of Merck have climbed $1.90 (2.1%), combining for a roughly 18-point boost for the Dow. Other components contributing significantly to the gain include Home Depot HD, +1.76%, Walmart WMT, +1.72%, and Verizon Communications Inc. VZ, +1.28%. A $1 move in any one of the 30 components of the benchmark results in a 6.59-point swing.