The FTSE failed to lift itself out of the red today, losing 5.60 points to 5,072 points, paced by Imperial Chemical Industries
The British Chemicals specialist slipped 7.50p to 266.50p, on the back of rising crude oil prices, along with British Airways, losing 4.50p to 273p, due to similar reasons.
Publishing firm Reed Elsevier also slipped 9.50p to 534p. Its US subsidiary, Reed Elsevier Capital recently completed a $700m two-tranche global bond offering.
Shire Pharmaceuticals Group meanwhile, has climbed as much as 32p or 5.4% to 627.50p, after biotechnology group Transkaryotic announced successful phase III clinical trials in treating genetic disorder, Hunter Syndrome. Shire is marked to acquire Transkaryotic later in the year.
Soft-drink maker, Cadbury Schweppes also added 10p to 541.50p, after a Sunday report of a possible purchase of its soft-drink unit along with Britvic Soft Drinks, by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, to then merge the two units.
SABMiller advanced 13p to 854.50p.
In the US, the Dow Jones has started the week poorly, shedding about 37 points to 10,585.48 points in its morning session, paced by Boeing.
The aviation firm has shed $0.82 to $63.80, after Air Canada cancelled a $6bn order over costs and other issues. Boeing is also currently in a competition war with Airbus to determine the market's king.
Honeywell International has also retreated $0.48 to $37.64.
At the other end of the table, Microsoft picked up $0.15 to $25.19, after it appointed Jean-Philippe Courtois, its chief executive for Europe, as president of Microsoft International.
Pharmaceuticals firm, 3M advanced $0.37 to $77.29.IFAonline
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