Stocks pared early losses and the Nasdaq turned positive on Monday as shares of big-cap tech companies including Apple Inc rebounded following Friday's sell-off.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> fell 16.65 points, or 0.25 percent, to 6,610.29. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> dropped 0.15 points, or 0.02 percent, to 683.23. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gained 5.05 points, or 0.39 percent, to 1,298.90.

(Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; Editing by James Dalgleish)