Strong performances from Whitbread and BSkyB was not enough to push the FTSE 100 higher today, with the index closing down 15.8 points, or 0.24%, to 6615.1.
Talk of US property investor Starwood Capital launching an offer for Whitbread propelled the leisure group to a 7.04% increase, finishing up 128 to 1946.
BSkyB also had a positive day, its announcement of 90,000 customer additions in the last three months led to the satellite broadcaster gaining 28 points, or 4.17%, to 700.
The UK's leading home and general merchandise retailer, the Home Retail Group, lost the most ground, it fell 10.75 points, or 2.39%, to 438.75.
In New York, the Dow Jones is starting to recover some of yesterday’s losses – it is up 55.93 points, or 0.41%, to 13557.63 in early trading.
J.P. Morgan Chase is following the fight-back trend, it has hit back 0.75 points, or 1.58%, to 48.26.
The best performer so far is Alcoa, the American aluminium giant has risen 0.7 points, or 1.68%, to 42.36.
Computer chip conglomerate Intel is the only firm suffering any significant early losses; it is down 0.35 points, or 1.39%, to 24.63.
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