Utilities have switched off in morning FTSE 100 trading, with the index currently down 49.9 points, or 0.78%, to 6344.
International Power leads the way; pre-tax losses of £53m caused its price to plummet 19.25 points, or 4.28%, to 430.
Standard Life has not fared so well also, it has fallen 12.5 points, or 3.67%, to 328.5.
BAE Systems’ increase in half-year profit has seen it move 12.75 points higher, or 2.92%, to 449.
Diageo is also doing well, up 23 points, to 1058; while a strong morning announcement for Schroders has led it to an 18 point morning jump, or 1.58%, to 1157.
In New York, the Dow Jones was like a yo-yo in overnight trading, finally closing up 153.56 points, or 1.14%, to 13657.86.
The big mover was Du Pont, the multi-national chemical and health care company climbed 2.03 points, or 4.28%, to 49.43.
American Express and General Motors kept up the fine recent results, posting gains of 4.19%, to 62.96 points and 4%, to 34.82 points, respectively.
Canadian industrial supplies manufacturer Honeywell International lost the most ground, falling 1.12 points, or 1.90%, to 57.75.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei pretty much followed Wall Street, posting late gains to close up 141.32 points, or 0.83%, to 17,170.6.
Semiconductor device manufacturer OKI Electric surged ahead on an announcement it has made major function enhancements, closing up 25 points, or 11.52%, to 242.
Fast Retailing also had a day to remember, up 680 points, or 10.44%, to 7,190.
Nippon Soda and Tosoh Corp had a tough afternoon, dropping 7.35%, to 517 points and 6.91%, to 647 points, respectively.
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