US STOCKS-Wall St mixed as Apple weighs and investors eye rate hike
* Apple falls as Credit Suisse reports components order cut
* Healthcare sector leads gainers
* China faces persisting deflationary pressure in Oct.
* Indexes mixed: Dow and S&P flat, Nasdaq down 0.4 pct (Updates to afternoon)
By Noel Randewich
Nov 10 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were mixed on Tuesday afternoon, as gains in healthcare stocks were offset by a drop in Apple and investors hunkered down for a potential interest rate hike next month.
Apple's shares fell 3.23 percent to $116.67 after Credit Suisse said Apple had cut component orders by as much as 10 percent, indicating weakening demand for its new iPhones.
The stock was the biggest drag on the three major indexes. The S&P 500 flittered between marginal losses and gains in afternoon trade after falling in the four previous sessions.
The report added to fears of a slowdown in global growth, especially in China, a key market for many U.S. companies including Apple, ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season. Continuación...