Microsoft's Stock Surge Helps Push Dow Into Positive Territory

By Tomi KilgoreMarketsMarketWatch Pulse

Microsoft Corp.'s stock shot up 5.3% to a three-month high in morning trade Wednesday, more than enough to push the Dow Jones Industrial Average into positive territory. The price gain of $2.81 was adding about 19 points to the price of the Dow, which was up just 8 points. Microsoft's stock rallied to the highest level since April 21, after the technology giant reported better-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter earnings.

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