US STOCKS-S&P 500 posts 5th week of gains as Wall St hits records

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    * Trump says he has not agreed to roll back tariffs
    * Disney rises, helps support S&P 500
    * Gap Inc falls after surprise CEO exit
    * Indexes rise: Dow 0.02%, S&P 500 0.3%, Nasdaq 0.5%

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    By Caroline Valetkevitch
    NEW YORK, Nov 8 (Reuters) - The three major U.S. stock
indexes posted record closing highs and the S&P 500 registered a
fifth straight week of gains on Friday as investors brushed
aside worries over the progress of U.S.-China trade talks and as
Walt Disney shares rose.
    Doubts about trade progress resurfaced earlier in the day
when President Donald Trump, in remarks to reporters at the
White House, said he has not agreed to a rollback of U.S.
tariffs sought by China. 
    On Thursday, officials from both countries said that the
United States and China had agreed to such a deal.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL2N27O0Q7
    Tim Ghriskey, chief investment strategist at Inverness
Counsel in New York, said that while the market was initially
volatile because of Trump's remarks, it climbed right back.
    "The feeling now is that before the end of the year we're
going to see some type of deal," Ghriskey said, even if it is a
partial one.
    The Cboe volatility index  .VIX  posted its lowest closing
level since July 24.   
    Helping to boost the S&P 500, Walt Disney Co  DIS.N  gained
3.8% a day after it reported quarterly results that showed it
spent less than it had projected on its online streaming
service, Disney+. Disney's popular theme parks and a remake of
"The Lion King" lifted earnings.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N27N57T
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average  .DJI  rose 6.44 points, or
0.02%, to 27,681.24, the S&P 500  .SPX  gained 7.9 points, or
0.26%, to 3,093.08 and the Nasdaq Composite  .IXIC  added 40.80
points, or 0.48%, to 8,475.31.
    For the week, the S&P 500 rose 0.8%, posting a fifth
straight week of gains, while the Nasdaq gained 1.1%, closing
out its sixth straight week of gains. The Dow was up 1.2% for
the week.
    Increasing optimism on the trade front and mostly
better-than-expected earnings have driven the recent record run
in stocks. Of the 446 S&P 500 companies that have reported
results so far, roughly three-quarters have beaten profit
estimates, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. The numbers,
to some extent, reflect significantly lowered analysts'
forecasts.
    Technology shares also supported the market, including
Microsoft  MSFT.O , which rose 1.2%.
    Among decliners on Friday, shares of Gap Inc  GPS.N  fell
7.6% after the apparel retailer said Chief Executive Officer Art
Peck would leave the company, a surprise exit in the middle of a
restructuring. Gap also slashed its full-year earnings forecast.
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    Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a
1.07-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.13-to-1 ratio favored advancers.
    The S&P 500 posted 29 new 52-week highs and two new lows;
the Nasdaq Composite recorded 74 new highs and 87 new lows.
    Volume on U.S. exchanges was 6.59 billion shares, compared
with the 6.79 billion-share average for the full session over
the last 20 trading days.

 (Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch in New York
Additional reporting by Arjun Panchadar and Agamoni Ghosh in
Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler and Jonathan Oatis)
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