London is off this morning as investors again seek the shelter of defensive stocks following yesterda...
Big financials, retailing, gas distribution, and the strongest private broadcaster are all looking attractive today, while technology, general media and engineering are doing badly.
In New York yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 220.17 points to close at 9,687.09, while the Nasdaq Composite dropped 55.71 points to 1,855.53.
In Tokyo this morning the Nikkei 225 index lost 156.33 points to 9,475.60, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index closed down 144.18 points at 10,577.14.
Leading gainer in London this morning is Royal&Sun Alliance, up 6p at 323p.
Leading loser is Invesys, off 8.25p at 97.75p.
A leading non-mover, which is making headlines, is MmO2.
The company is set to close more than 130 of its stores around the country and make 1,900 staff redundant.
Shares are marginally up, however, by 0.5p at 75.25p after hitting a low for the year of 74.75 yesterday.
Vodafone is off by 3.25p at 145.75p.
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