NEW YORK (AP) _ Stocks opened higher Tuesday, amid expectations Federal Reserve policymakers would leave interest rates unchanged. Bullish remarks from analysts about slumping technology issues also prompted buying.

In the first half hour of trading on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 54.75 at 10,750.53.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 7.27 at 1,443.28, and the Nasdaq composite index was up 64.90 at 3,626.90.

The Federal Reserve was meeting Tuesday and expected to issue its decision on interest rates at 2:15 p.m. EDT. Most market watchers believe the combination of the slowing economy and the presidential election next month would be enough for the central bank to leave rates unchanged.

Computer issues were helping to power the Nasdaq Tuesday.

Analysts at Merrill Lynch upgraded the investment firm's rating on personal computer maker Gateway, saying the stock has fallen far enough. And Morgan Stanley Dean Witter said the personal computer market remains healthy, and predicted PC makers Compaq and Dell would benefit.

Investors continued to look for earnings news as they awaited for third-quarter results to come in. Schering-Plough, maker of the allergy pill Claritin, said it remains comfortable with Wall Street's predictions for its full-year profits.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a narrow margin on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Russell 2000 index was down 0.01 at 511.68.

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