The UK's benchmark index the FTSE 100 fell 16.2 points to 5386.90 in early trading while the TechMar...
The UK's benchmark index the FTSE 100 fell 16.2 points to 5386.90 in early trading while the TechMark 100 lost 3.82 points to 1515.32. Stocks in decline include media group Pearson, which fell 32p to 1006 after saying it has been hit by a downturn in advertising revenue.
Telecommunications group Dataflex fell 2p to 31.5p when the supplier of services to terrestrial phone operators reported a full year loss of 0.26p compared to a profit 5.8p from a year ago. Filtroni increased by nearly a quarter in value, 31p to 165p with the telecom group saying full year sales increased 34% to £297m.
The leading Asian markets declined in value with Japan's Nikkei 225 falling 218.81 to 11,579.27 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropping 117.63 to 12,064.54.
Japanese stocks down in value included Sony, Nomura, UFJ and Mizuho. Electronic manufacturing groups declined in value after an industrial report noted a 0.7% decline in production in June compared to the month of May. Fanuc and Tokyo Electron were among declining electrical stocks.
Hong Kong stocks declined after its financial secretary Antony Leung said the government might reduce its GDP forecast of 3% due to sluggish trade figures. Cheung Kong and Hang Seng lost value.
In Australia the ASX200 added 24.60 to 3316.60 with News Corp gaining and the Singapore Strait Times rose just 0.2% to 1643.42 with Chartered Semiconductor adding 1.8% to S$4.58.
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