US STOCKS-Wall St makes small gains at the open; Yellen awaited

martes 21 de junio de 2016 09:47 GYT

* Fed Chair Yellen to speak at 10:00 a.m. ET

* Indexes up: Dow 0.08 pct, S&P 0.13 pct, Nasdaq 0.25 pct

* Lennar up on quarterly profit beat (Updates to open)

By Yashaswini Swamynathan

June 21 (Reuters) - Wall Street opened slightly higher on Tuesday, minutes before Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was scheduled to speak before the Senate Banking Committee on the monetary policy.

Yellen will also attend a meeting at 4:30 p.m. ET with other Fed officials.

"The markets like it when Janet Yellen speaks and in this case it looks like the weak May jobs number really spooked her. Investors are expecting her to be accommodative and allow the markets to inflate a little bit," said Keith Bliss, senior vice-president at Cuttone & Co in New York.

The central bank left interest rates unchanged last week and sounded caution after surprisingly weak monthly hiring data put the economy's recovery in question.

Wall Street, which rallied at the open on Monday, closed slightly higher as opinion polls showed fewer chances of Britain leaving the European Union.   Continuación...