Indicators continue to fluctuate, and the lack of clear economic direction has caused London markets ...
The FTSE 100 index is currently off by about 17 points at 5,148.
Last night the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 32.73 to 9,924.15 points and the Nasdaq Composite put on 10.17 points to close at 2,000.91 after perceived good news in the tech sector.
The UK saw benign inflation figures out yesterday, but unemployment is seen as creeping up and other figures suggest that the retail shopping spree could be on the wane.
The number of shoppers at major shopping centres around the country has dropped according to one survey.
There is still some good news around, however, and Prudential's sales figures for 2001 out today have helped push the stock up 16p to 771p.
Tobacco tops the gainers at present, as Gallaher Group is up 11.25p to 470.75p.
Good figures too from Marks&Spencer is pushing the stock up another 7p to 367p today.
BA is up 4p to 225.5p, while Compass is up 8.5p to 515.5p.
Tech is taking a bashing, however, as three companies, Invensys, Sage and Logica lead the losers.
They are down 6.75p to 114.5p, down 8.25p to 244.25p and down 28p to 616p respectively.
Support services are also taking a knock, as Brambles is off 11.5p to 348p and Capita is off 12.25p to 444.75p.
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