The Dow and S&P 500 held slight losses on Thursday, even as data showed factory activity growth in the Mid-Atlantic region rose in December from the previous month.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was down 18.62 points, or 0.16 percent, at 11,438.85. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was down 0.27 points, or 0.02 percent, at 1,234.96. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was up 3.30 points, or 0.13 percent, at 2,620.52.

(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)