US STOCKS-Nasdaq hits 15-year high, propelled by Amazon, Microsoft

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By Tanya Agrawal

April 24 (Reuters) - The Nasdaq Composite extended its gains in early afternoon trading on Friday, hitting a 15-year intraday high, propelled by strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

The S&P 500 also hit a record intraday high for the second session in a row.

A majority of the ten S&P sectors rose, with the consumer discretionary index gaining 1.4 percent on the back of Amazon. The online retailer hit a lifetime high after its revenue beat estimates.

Google gained 3.6 percent to $577.64 after reporting higher quarterly revenue and profit and Microsoft added 9.4 percent to $47.42 after it topped Wall Street estimates.   Continuación...