Indices ticked up on Thursday. Technology brands such as Microsoft and Intel jumped up in the wake of favorable quarterly data from Facebook. The social media giant tacked on 10% today after posting stronger-than-anticipated first-quarter earnings and revenue. Earnings of $1.69 a share exceeded estimates of $1.35, and revenue of $11.96 billion beat expectations of $11.4 billion. On another note, crude oil climbed. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.2% to settle at $68.20 a barrel. Looking ahead, quarterly details are due after the closing bell from companies including Amazon, Microsoft, Intel and Starbucks.