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Apple Helps Stocks Shine

Tech stocks gained Wednesday on news that Microsoft Windows can now be used on Intel-based Apple computers.

Investors decided the news meant greater PC sales for Apple , sending the company's shares 10% higher, but they weren't so sure what it meant for anyone else. Microsoft and Intel gained less than 1% on the news, while Dell closed fractionally lower.

The broader market gained after Treasury Secretary John Snow said he expects a solid jobs report on Friday.

The Nasdaq rose 14 to 2359, the S&P 500 gained 5 to 1311, and the Dow climbed 35 to 11,239. Volume rose to 2.38 billion shares on the NYSE, but declined to 2.03 billion on the Nasdaq. Advancers led 19-12 on the NYSE, and 16-13 on the Nasdaq. Upside volume was 66% on the NYSE, and 68% on the Nasdaq. New highs-new lows were 252-57 on the NYSE, and 203-42 on the Nasdaq.

Covad soared 22% on an investment from Earthlink .

AMD gained 4% after ramping up production at a new plant in Germany. The company reports quarterly results next week.

Autodesk , Silicon Motion and M-Systems rose after giving positive guidance.

PMC-Sierra gained 8% on an acquisition.

Creative Tech fell on a warning.