Dow's nearly 500-point rally highlighted by gains in shares of UnitedHealth, Merck

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Shares of UnitedHealth and Merck are posting strong returns Tuesday afternoon, propelling the Dow Jones Industrial Average rally. Shares of UnitedHealth UNH, +4.10% and Merck MRK, +3.92% have contributed to the blue-chip gauge’s intraday rally, as the Dow DJIA, +1.79% was most recently trading 491 points (1.6%) higher. UnitedHealth’s shares have gained $17.44 (3.9%) while those of Merck have risen $2.88 (3.4%), combining for a roughly 134-point boost for the Dow. Other components contributing significantly to the gain include Apple Inc. AAPL, +3.48%, Chevron CVX, +3.42%, and Salesforce Inc. CRM, +2.52%. A $1 move in any of the index’s 30 components results in a 6.59-point swing.