US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Choppy Wall St ends mostly up, Apple falls

NEW YORK Wed Dec 5, 2012 4:08pm EST

NEW YORK Dec 5 (Reuters) - A volatile trading session ended with U.S. stocks mostly higher on Wednesday, even as Apple, the most valuable U.S. company, suffered its worst day of losses in nearly four years.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 82.71 points, or 0.64 percent, to end unofficially at 13,034.49. The S&P 500 rose 2.23 points, or 0.16 percent, to finish unofficially at 1,409.28. But the Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 22.99 points, or 0.77 percent, to close unofficially at 2,973.70.

Apple's stock fell 6.4 percent to $538.79, its largest daily percentage drop since Dec. 17, 2008.