Wall Street pared losses on Thursday as materials and healthcare sectors edged off session lows and worries eased about the strength of an economic recovery.

* Initially, indexes slid more than 1 percent, a drop compounded by worries over Greece's debt problems. The market's retracement coincided with a CNBC report of a rumor about a possible Apple Inc share split.

* The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was down 96.66 points, or 0.93 percent, at 10,277.50. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was down 7.97 points, or 0.72 percent, at 1,097.27. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was down 13.65 points, or 0.61 percent, at 2,222.25.

(Reporting by Ellis Mnyandu; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)