The FTSE 100 Index fell 12.10 points, or 0.2%, to 6,087 points today, led by oil firms and a fall in US stocks.
BP fell 1.41% to 701.50p after it said first quarter profit fell 4% to $5.27bn. T
he mining sector also fell, with Xstrata down 1.69% to 2,092p, BHP Billiton dropping 0.34% to 1,169.50p and Anglo American declining 1.50% to 2,424p.
Meanwhile, an upbeat statement from HBOS gave the mortgage lender a boost, up 1.52% to 966.50p, with trading still robust and the UK economy showing good signs of resilience.
Corus rose 1.15% to 88.25p on a note from Citigroup, which stuck with its "buy" advice and raised its price target to 100p from 90p.
Lower oil prices helped British Airways, and its shares rose 2.62% to 343.25p.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has lost 40.90 points, or 0.4%, to 11,295.42 points after reports on consumer confidence and housing raised inflation concerns.
Edison International has fallen 40 cents to $40.40 and PPL has lost 34 cents to $29.04.
DuPont has fallen even after the company said 2006 profit will be $2.80 a share, up from a March projection of $2.70 and a January estimate of $2.60. DuPont has lost 50 cents to $44.04.
Lucent Technologies has slipped 4 cents to $2.93. Citing disappointing sales of wireless gear in North America, Lucent said second-quarter profit fell 32% to $181m, or 4 cents a share, as sales declined 8.5%.
Meanwhile, Chubb has added $1.17 to $50.75. The company said first-quarter profit excluding investment gains was $1.42 a share as premiums exceeded claims and expenses.IFAonline
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