The benchmark FTSE 100 closed down 6.30 points today at 4,512.40 after UK stock ended the day on a mixed note.
Mining and steel companies such as Anglo American and Corus Group became today's biggest losers as their shares fell on concern metal demand from China will slow.
Anglo American, one of the world's largest mining companies, lost 20p to 1,137p.
Rio Tinto, another miner, fell 21p to 1,316p.
Corus, a steelmaker, also shed half a penny to 39.5p.
In the banking world, Royal Bank of Scotland dropped 19p to 1,615p.
Gallaher Group lost 15.5p to 686p. The cigarette maker reported five-month sales volumes in Germany fell as higher taxes and the enlargement of the European Union encouraged smokers to buy cigarettes abroad.
British Airways rose 6.75p to 279.5p after J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. raised its recommendation on the shares to “overweight” from “neutral”.
Across the Atlantic, trading is currently up as the Dow Jones Industrial Average index so far has gained about 46 points to 10,403.
The S&P 500 index is up almost 3 points to 1,136 and Nasdaq's Composite index has so far climbed about 12 points to 2,032.IFAonline
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