The FTSE 100 made early losses today, losing 16.3 points, or 0.25%, to settle on 6504.1 at around 9.45am.
Chemical firm Johnson Mathey suffered the most early doors, dropping 36 points, or 2.12%, to £16.59.
This was closely followed by Cable and Wireless, down 3.7 points, or 1.84%, to 197.8p, and construction supplier Wolseley, down 22 points, or 1.76%, to £12.30.
However, these losses were stemmed by gains for Royal and Sun Alliance, up 3.9 points, or 2.59%, to 154.3p, and Sainsbury, up eight points, or 1.45%, to 559p.
In the US, the Dow Jones finished down 129.95 points, or 0.97%, to 13295.01.
The index was helped throughout the day by gains for Intel Corporation, up 0.27 points, or 1.23%, to 22.2, McDonald’s, up 0.23 points, or 0.45%, to 51.48, and Alcoa, up 0.04 points, or 0.1%, to 39.34.
However, these gains were overshadowed by losses for AT&T, down 1.04 points, or 2.59%, to 39.08, JP Morgan Chase, down 1.08 points, or 2.14%, to 49.35, and Disney, down 0.62 points, or 1.81%, to 33.56.
In Japan,the Nikkei 225 Stock Average lost 28.14, or 0.2%, to 17,732.77.
Mitsubishi Estate, Japan's second-largest property developer by sales, lost 60 yen, or 1.7%, to 3,470, while K.K. Davinci Advisors, which runs Japan's biggest private real estate fund, dropped 6,000 yen, or 4.8%, to 120,000.
However, Canon, the world's largest maker of digital camera maker, added 40 yen, or 0.6%, to 7,190, while Sony Corp., the world's largest video-game maker, advanced 80 yen, or 1.2%, to 6,660.
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