Stocks are holding near their intraday highs during mid-afternoon trading on Thursday.

Banking and real estate stocks are leading the advance, with the Kbw Bank Index up 13.6 percent and the Morgan Stanley REIT Index up 8.2 percent.

Meanwhile, some of the only noteworthy losses of the day are coming out of the utilities sector. The Philadelphia Utility Index is down 1.1 percent.

Currently, the Dow is up 198.24 at 8,035.35, the Nasdaq is up 52.24 at 1,642.90, and the S&P 500 is up 23.89 at 849.05.

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