The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended Thursday down 45.56 points, or 0.4%, to 12,898.26. The index traded in a tight range of 12,852 at its lowest and 12,961 at its highest. The S&P 500 fell 6.44 points, or 0.5%, to 1,367.58. The Nasdaq ended Thursday flat at 2,976.12. Holding the Nasdaq up were shares of tech heavyweight Apple ( AAPL), which ended the day up 1.8% to $609.94. There were reports that the company will soon be producing a new version of its iPad with a 7-inch screen. Gainers and laggards on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq were about even with a slight lean toward the negative on thin trading volumes. In other tech news, Research In Motion ( RIMM) advanced 4.6% to $7.69 amid short covering, and Netflix ( NFLX) surged 13% to $81.72 after a BTIG analyst said the company's online audience surpassed that of cable and TV networks, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was upbeat about subscriber growth.
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks fell Thursday as a troubling outlook for Europe's economy and signs of a slowdown in the U.S. spread pessimism.