Fortinet ( FTNT) was an even bigger gainer, climbing 17.36% to $22.71, lifted by its better-than-expected fourth-quarter results and healthy guidance.

Ericsson ( ERIC) was another winner, rising 10.97% to $11.84, after the company's fourth-quarter results, released early on Thursday.

Apple ( AAPL)shares dipped 0.32% to $455.35.

--Written by James Rogers in New York.

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