US STOCKS-Wall St rises with tech stocks; one eye on Fed

martes 23 de agosto de 2016 12:54 GYT

* Nasdaq hits record intraday high

* New single-family home sales unexpectedly rise in July

* Investors await Fed Chair Yellen's Friday speech

* Indexes up: Dow 0.19 pct, S&P 0.3 pct, Nasdaq 0.36 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

By Yashaswini Swamynathan

Aug 23 (Reuters) - U.S. stock rose on Tuesday, with the Nasdaq hitting a record intraday high, led by technology companies and as robust housing market data strengthened the case for a firming economy.

With the U.S. earnings season winding down, investors are also weighing up the prospect of an interest rate hike in the coming months.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech on Friday at Jackson Hole will be scrutinized for clues on the timing of a rate hike, especially after some Fed policymakers have in recent days hinted at the possibility of a hike in the near term.

The meet, which includes central bankers from across the world, will start on Thursday and has traditionally been a platform for the Fed to signal the direction of monetary policy.   Continuación...