The Nasdaq briefly turned positive and the Dow and S&P 500 pared losses late Wednesday afternoon, with shares of Apple and Amazon helping to support technology shares.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was down 62.40 points, or 0.48 percent, at 13,053.14. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was down 2.95 points, or 0.21 percent, at 1,387.83. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was down 2.66 points, or 0.09 percent, at 3,040.16, after briefly rising about 0.1 pct.

(Reporting By Caroline Valetkevitch)