The benchmark FTSE 100 index is currently down 17.30 points to 4,059.80 after UK stocks fell this mo...
The benchmark FTSE 100 index is currently down 17.30 points to 4,059.80 after UK stocks fell this morning paced by software publishing company Sage, which shed 7p to 180p.
British American Tobacco declined 12.5p to 629p after announcing that it is to buy Italy's Ente Tabacchi Italiani SpA for 2.32bn euros.
Galen Holdings climbed 91.5p to 725p after announcing that it is in talks with an unidentified party about a potential offer for the business.
Marconi Corporation shed 0.75p to 67p. The maker of telecommunications equipment says fiscal first-quarter sales dropped 38% to £367m.
Northern Rock advanced 3p to 700p after the mortgage bank said first-half net income rose 24% to £132.2m.
In Asia, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index dropped 237.11 points to 9,498.86 earlier today, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 169.99 points to 10,037.18.
Across the Atlantic, trading ended down Wednesday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average index lost 34.38 points to 9,094.59 by the close.
The S&P 500 index shed 6.33 points to just below the 1,000 mark at 994.09, and Nasdaq's Composite index fell 5.24 points to 1,747.97.
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