Microsoft posted a fiscal 3Q beat on both lines with EPS in at 68 cents on revenues of $20.4 billion, topping Street views. Shares traded about 3% higher in after-hours trade.
U.S. equity markets climbed on Thursday, with the Nasdaq leading the way higher on strong technology earnings.
The online retail giant's 1Q earnings climbed 32% on stronger-than-expected revenue; Amazon again posted a small profit amid hefty investments in video and other initiatives.
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