London's FTSE 100 index is off by nearly 50 points at 5,179 this morning as overnight signals in New ...
The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 56.46 to close at 10,094.09 as Nasdaq's Composite index went down 10.85 points to 2,044.89.
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index dropped 125.55 points to 10,538.43 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index lost 247.25 to 11,193.47.
London is still reeling from retailer Dixon's Christmas sales results announced yesterday, although others such as Selfridges today reported strong gains during the period.
Investors continued to make the switch back into defensive stocks away from the volatile technology and media sectors.
Friends Provident leads the blue-chip gainers adding 6.5p to 206.5p.
Reuters leads the losers, dropping 30.5p to 685.5p, while advertising group WPP is not far behind having shed 23p to 735p.
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