Stocks are holding in positive territory as trading enters Wednesday afternoon.

Housing and banking stocks are continuing to lead the advance, while airline and health insurance stocks are also notably higher.

The Amex Airline Index is posting a gain of 5.1 percent, while the Morgan Stanley Healthcare Payor Index is up 3.4 percent.

Semiconductor, gold, and real estate stocks are also showing some considerable gains.

Currently, the Dow is up 169.97 at 7,829.94, the Nasdaq is up 26.10 at 1,542.62, and the S&P 500 is up 15.70 at 821.95.

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