Stocks opened little changed on Tuesday as investors paused following a strong run-up in the previous session and after government data pointed to a slower than expected recovery in consumer spending in June.

Even though Goldman Sachs Group posted a solid quarterly profit, investors kept the stock near break-even at the open after strong gains a day earlier.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was up 24.10 points, or 0.29 percent, at 8,355.78. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was up 3.58 points, or 0.40 percent, at 904.63. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was up 4.35 points, or 0.24 percent, at 1,797.56.

(Reporting by Ellis Mnyandu; Editing by Padraic Cassidy)