US STOCKS-Financials help limit losses from tech decline
* Apple slips after being asked to pay Irish government $14.5 bln
* Hershey plunges after Mondelez ends pursuit
* Nonfarm payrolls data due Friday
* Indexes down: Dow 0.26 pct, S&P 0.15 pct, Nasdaq 0.15 pct (Updates to early afternoon)
By Yashaswini Swamynathan
Aug 30 (Reuters) - Apple dragged down U.S. stocks after EU antitrust regulators ordered the company to pay about $14.5 billion in back taxes to the Irish government, but a gain in financial stocks limited the impact.
The iPhone maker's shares fell 0.9 percent, pushing the S&P 500 technology index to its biggest decline in nearly a week.
However, the markets are still focused on the U.S. Federal Reserve and its path to interest rates after Fed Chair Janet Yellen said last week that the case for a rate hike was strengthening.
"Equities are likely to turn sideways as investors enter a wait-and-see mode until greater evidence of economic growth comes forth," said Terry Sandven, chief equities strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Minneapolis. Continuación...