The Nasdaq fell on Friday, halting a 12-day run-up, following Microsoft Corp's disappointing quarterly results, but gains in pharmaceutical and energy shares held the Dow and the S&P 500 near break-even.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was up 23.95 points, or 0.26 percent, to end unofficially at 9,093.24. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was up 2.97 points, or 0.30 percent, to finish unofficially at 979.26. But the Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was down 7.64 points, or 0.39 percent,

to close unofficially at 1,965.96.

(Reporting by Edward Krudy; Editing by Jan Paschal)