Nasdaq closes at fresh high

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The Nasdaq Composite ended at a record high on Thursday, boosted by results-related gains in Comcast, PayPal and Intuit.

Amazon and Alphabet jumped more than 4% each after the bell, following stellar earnings.

The S&P 500 and the Dow were little changed.

Comcast rose 2.1% to $39.59 after touching a record high of $40.62 as strong subscriber growth brought a forecast-beating profit.

The Nasdaq climbed 23.71 points to 6,048.94. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 6.24 points to 20,981.33, while the wider S&P 500 index edged up 1.32 points to 2,388.77.

Much of the stock movement came in response to the quarterly earnings that a slew of companies are sharing with investors this week.

American Airlines shares plummeted 5.2% after its release on Thursday, which included a 2% revenue increase - and the news it would provide raises to pilots and flight attendants.

Rival carriers also came under pressure, with Delta down 1.4% and United Continental down about 1%.

United is trying to move past bad publicity over its removal of a passenger from a flight, a case the company said it settled on Thursday.

Under Armour shares soared 9.3%, despite the sportswear maker reporting its first quarterly net loss since the company listed on the market in 2005.

It reported a net loss of $2.3m for the three months to March after a sharp fall in profit at its North American operations. However, the shares jumped as the loss was not as bad as feared.