Some of the bigger stocks by weighting have fallen this morning, dragging the FTSE 100 index down 18...
Some of the bigger stocks by weighting have fallen this morning, dragging the FTSE 100 index down 18 points to 4,109.
GSK is down 16p to 1196p, Vodafone is down 1.5p to 117.75p, and BP is down 2.75p to 407.75p.
Johnson Matthey, the chemicals specialist, leads the losers in percentage terms, with a 17.5p fall to 885.5p.
BAE Systems is up today, despite news over cost overruns involving the UK's biggest ever defence contract for aircraft carriers – shares gained 1p to 148.75p this morning.
Miner Xstrata leads the gainers with a 7.75p gain to 421.75p.
The FTSE 250 index is down 2.5 points to 5,178.
International Power is down 3.5p to 138.25p after a downgrade from Goldman Sachs.
Stagecoach continued its falls of the past four days of trading, losing another 1.5p to 67.25p on fears its South West Trains routes will continue to struggle.
Corus, the steelmaker, is up 0.5p to 20.75p on speculation French competitor Pechiney may put in a bid.
Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index closed up 57.56 points 9,177.15 on good news from chipmaker Intel.
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