The Dow Jones Industrial Average clocked its seventh straight record close on Wednesday, as Microsoft (MSFT) shares surged following better-than-expected earnings. As equities climbed, safe-haven assets such as gold retreated, leaving gold producer stocks in the lurch. Barrick Gold (ABX) , Kingross Gold (KGC) and Newmont Mining (NEM) were each sharply lower. Facebook's (FB) Messenger app has reached 1 billion active users, one of the few to boast such a large user base. That puts it in the same league as Facebook's other billion-plus properties, including its namesake mobile app and WhatsApp. Finally, United Continental (UAL) climbed after Deutsche Bank (DB) maintained its buy rating on positive earnings results. The firm said a solid quarter was driven by lower costs. The airline beat on both the top- and bottom-line. TheStreet's Scott Gamm reports from Wall Street.

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