U.S. stock indexes rose on Thursday, helped by a string of robust earnings reports, a dip in the dollar and after China said it will hold talks with the United States later this month.

Walmart’s shares (WMT.N) surged 9.2 percent, the most on the benchmark S&P 500 index, after the retailer said its U.S. comparable sales grew the most in a decade and posted strong e-commerce sales.

Its strong quarterly report lifted the S&P retailers index .SPXRT up 0.59 percent.

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