Source - SMW
Wall Street got off to a tentative start on Thursday, opening slightly higher, with Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before Congress widely expected to leave some questions unanswered.

Investors will also be keeping a close eye on the outcome of the UK General Election as voters head to the polling stations.

Jobless claims fell by 10k but commodities continued to slide, with oil and gold prices coming under further pressure.

Shortly after the open, the Dow was up by 0.11% at 21,196.37, the S&P 500 was 0.09% higher at 2,435.43 and the Nasdaq added 0.07% at 6,301.79.

RISERS AND FALLERS

Early risers on the Dow included Nike, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Wal-Mart, with all stocks up around 1-1.5%, while Walt Disney, Microsoft, Apple and Merck were lower.

On the Nasdaq, shares of Yahoo! soared by 8% ahead of a vote by its shareholders on whether to proceed with the proposed $4.5bn acquisition of the Company by Verizon.

COMMODITIES

At 2:40pm (GMT), WTI crude was 0.77% lower at $45.37 per barrel and Brent was down 0.77% at $47.69 per barrel. Gold was 0.56% lower at $1,286 per ounce.

ECONOMIC NEWS

Initial claims in the week ending 3 June was 245k, a decrease of 10k from the previous week's revised level, the US Department of Labor confirmed today.

Job openings and the Federal budget balance readings are also due later in the day.