Shares of Apple Inc. and Merck are trading higher Friday afternoon, leading the Dow Jones Industrial Average rally. The Dow
is trading 279 points, or 1.1%, higher, as shares of Apple Inc.
are contributing to the index’s intraday rally. Apple Inc.’s shares are up $6.12, or 2.8%, while those of Merck are up $1.97 (2.4%), combining for an approximately 55-point boost for the Dow. Visa
Johnson & Johnson
are also contributing significantly to the gain. A $1 move in any of the benchmark’s 30 components equates to a 6.78-point swing.