Wall Street was little changed at the open on Wednesday as sliding oil prices weighed on energy shares, muting an advance in bank and consumer stocks.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 16.25 points, or 0.16 percent, to 10,309.77. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> edged up 0.58 points, or 0.05 percent, to 1,095.89. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> dipped 2.11 points, or 0.09 percent, to 2,259.69.

(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)