US STOCKS-Wall St flat as investors look for clues on rates

martes 30 de agosto de 2016 09:58 GYT

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* Dow down 0.07 pct, S&P down 0.03 pct, Nasdaq up 0.03 pct (Adds details, comments, updates prices)

By Yashaswini Swamynathan

Aug 30 (Reuters) - Wall Street was little changed on Tuesday morning as investors looked for catalysts to drive the markets while keeping one eye on clues for the timing of the next interest rate hike.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen painted a rosy picture of the U.S. economy at an economic symposium on Friday and said the case for a rate hike was strengthening, but gave little indication on when the central bank could move.

Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Tuesday, said the U.S. job market is close to full strength and the pace of interest rate hikes will depend on how well the economy is doing.

Investors are awaiting a report on monthly payrolls data due on Friday to assess whether it supports the hawkish tone that Fed officials have taken.   Continuación...