US STOCKS-Wall Street little changed as crude steadies
* Crude prices rise after flirting with 11-year lows
* DuPont, Dow Chemical fall after deal to merge
* Trina Solar surges after go-private proposal
* Dow up 0.24 pct, S&P up 0.15 pct, Nasdaq up 0.06 pct (Updates to late afternoon, adds details, changes byline)
By Marcus E. Howard
Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were up slightly in afternoon trading, rebounding from last week's slump with help from a reversal in oil prices, which settled higher in Monday's session.
The S&P materials sector was the worst performer of the day, hurt by Dow Chemical and DuPont, which agreed on Friday to merge.
Investors were worried about everything from high yield bonds to oil price volatility to slowing economic growth in China, according to Stephen Guilfoyle, managing director, floor operations, Deep Value Execution Services.
"I think we've got a lot of fear in the market," said Guilfoyle. Continuación...