The FTSE closed at 6239.7p this afternoon after falling 124.2 points, or 1.95%.
Reed Elsevier rose seven points, or 1.16%, to 608.5p. Reckitt Benckiser rose 18 points, or 0.65%, to 2776p.
Northern Rock plummeted 183.25 points, or 28.68%, to 455.75p. Barratt Developments fell 75 points, or 8.62%, to 795.5p. Alliance & Leicester fell 75.5 points, or 8.05%, to 862p. Persimmon fell 80 points, or 7.35%, to 1008p. Shire fell 91 points, or 7.3%, to 1155p.
The Dow Jones fell 21.46 points, or 0.16%, to 13403.42c today.
Alcoa rose 0.64 points, or 1.84%, to 35.06c. United Technologies rose 0.88 points, or 1.17%, to 75.9c. Exxon Mobil rose 0.63 points, or 0.71%, to 89.25c. Coca-Cola rose 0.37 points, or 0.66%, to 56.24c. McDonald’s rose 0.32 points, or 0.59%, to 54.62c.
American Express fell 2.31 points, or 3.81%, to 58.29c. Hewlett-Packard fell 0.66 points, or 1.35%, to 48.11c. Intel fell 0.29 points, or 1.12%, to 25.07c. Merck & Co. fell 0.56 points, or 1.12%, to 49.3c. AT&T fell 0.44 points, or 1.08%, to 40.33c.IFAonline
Two global vehicles
'Further plug advice gap'
Must appoint separate CEOs and boards
Advisers do come out well
Will report to Mark Till