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Disney, tech stocks lift Dow, S&P 500 to record highs

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  • Disney boosts Dow, S&P 500
  • Airbnb slips after warning of Delta hit to bookings
  • S&P 500, Dow set to close week higher
  • Indexes: Dow up 0.09%, S&P up 0.08%, Nasdaq flat

Aug 13 (Reuters) - The Dow and the S&P 500 hit record highs on Friday and were set for a second week of gains, as Walt Disney and tech-related shares rose, with the market sentiment getting a boost from easing inflation worries and a recovery in corporate earnings.

Mega-cap growth names, including Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), Netflix Inc (NFLX.O), Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD.O) and healthcare stocks Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and Amgen Inc (AMGN.O), were the biggest drivers of the indexes.

The Nasdaq (.IXIC), however, was trading flat, weighed down by heavyweights Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Amazon.com (AMZN.O) and Tesla Inc (TSLA.O).

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Walt Disney (DIS.N) jumped 2% after its profit topped market expectations as its streaming services added more customers than expected and pandemic-hit U.S. theme parks returned to profitability. read more

U.S. stocks have touched new highs over the past few sessions as investor confidence in economic recovery was bolstered by a stellar earnings season, favorable economic data and the passage of a large infrastructure bill.

However, the upbeat mood was dented by a survey that showed consumer sentiment dropped in early August to its lowest level in a decade, setting off a rally in defensive stocks. read more

"I don't think that that's a deal breaker. I just think it (consumer sentiment) has moderated enthusiasm today after having a pretty darn good week of moderate gains," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at National Securities in New York.

Seven of the 11 major S&P sectors advanced, with consumer staples (.SPLRCS), utilities (.SPLRCU) and real estate (.SPLRCR) among the top gainers.

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A trader works on the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., August 5, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Investors are now looking ahead to the meeting of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, later this month for cues on policy after data that showed consumer price increases slowed in July, while producer prices posted their biggest annual rise in more than a decade.

"We're going from what had been a very catalyst-heavy period over the last few weeks to a catalyst light period... expect to see the market grind sideways, perhaps slightly higher as we look ahead to what the Federal Reserve might deliver at Jackson Hole," Hogan said.

At 12:30 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) was up 30.85 points, or 0.09%, at 35,530.70, the S&P 500 (.SPX) was up 3.35 points, or 0.08%, at 4,464.18, and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) was up 0.98 points, or 0.01%, at 14,817.24.

The Dow and the S&P 500 have risen 0.9% and 0.6%, respectively, so far this week, on gains in economically sensitive stocks.

DoorDash Inc (DASH.N) fell 1.6% after the food-delivery firm's loss widened more than expected in the second quarter. read more

Airbnb Inc (ABNB.O) slipped 0.9% after it flagged a hit to its current-quarter bookings by the Delta variant and a slowing pace of U.S. vaccination.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 1.08-to-1 ratio on the NYSE. Declining issues outnumbered advancers for a 1.61-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded 50 new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 70 new highs and 116 new lows.

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Reporting by Devik Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Arun Koyyur

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