US stocks open flat

US stocks Friday opened flat as traders looked to a flurry of top Federal Reserve officials' comments to help digest the Fed's move to delay tapering stimulus.

Twenty minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 8.72 points (0.06 percent) to 15,627.83.

The broad-based S&P 500 edged up a miniscule 0.06 (0.00 percent) to 1,722.40, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index tacked on 2.53 (0.07 percent) at 3,791.91.

Investors awaited several public events by top Fed officials two days after the central bank surprised markets by maintaining its aggressive stimulus program.

There were no major US economic releases on the calendar.

In a morning appearance on Bloomberg News, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said the central bank could start tapering the $85 billion a month stimulus program in October.