Salesforce Inc., Merck share gains lead Dow's 575-point rally

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Shares of Salesforce Inc. and Merck are trading higher Thursday afternoon, leading the Dow Jones Industrial Average rally. The Dow DJIA, +1.85% is trading 578 points (1.7%) higher, as shares of Salesforce Inc. CRM, +6.33% and Merck MRK, +4.94% are contributing to the blue-chip gauge’s intraday rally. Salesforce Inc.’s shares have climbed $10.49 (6.0%) while those of Merck are up $4.59 (5.4%), combining for an approximately 99-point boost for the Dow. Nike NKE, +4.79%, Apple Inc. AAPL, +4.52%, and Visa V, +3.06% are also contributing significantly to the gain. A $1 move in any of the index’s 30 components results in a 6.59-point swing.