Stocks are holding well above the unchanged line during mid-afternoon trading on Thursday, despite coming off their intraday highs.

Steel and transportation stocks continue to turn in some of the best performances, while oil services and real estate stocks are also holding onto strong gains.

The Philadelphia Oil Services Index is up 6.3 percent and the Morgan Stanley REIT Index is up 5.7 percent.

Meanwhile, gold stocks continue to show some of the only losses, with the Amex Gold Bugs Index down 4.5 percent.

Currently, the Dow is up 245.32 at 8,006.92, the Nasdaq is up 52.68 at 1,604.28, and the S&P 500 is up 26.05 at 837.13.

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