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S&P 500 Ends Worst Month Since May 2012

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Specialist John O'Hara works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Worries about a potential military strike against Syria are dragging down the U.S. stock market in early trading. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) | AP

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell in a thinly traded session on Friday, with the S&P 500 index recording its steepest monthly drop since May 2012 as investors held off making large bets before a long weekend with the situation in Syria still uncertain.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was down 30.87 points, or 0.21 percent, at 14,810.08. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was down 5.27 points, or 0.32 percent, at 1,632.90. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was down 30.44 points, or 0.84 percent, at 3,589.87.

For the week, the Dow fell 1.3 percent, the S&P 500 lost 1.8 percent and the Nasdaq declined 1.9 percent.

For the month, the Dow fell 4.4 percent, the S&P 500 was down 3.1 percent and the Nasdaq was off 1 percent.

(Reporting by Angela Moon; Editing by Kenneth Barry)

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