Global recession fears continued to drag on the markets this afternoon as the FTSE fell 57.7 points, or 0.98%, to 5837.8 and the Dow Jones fell 12.86 points, or 0.1%, to 12312.56.
Friends Provident fell 12.6 points, or 9.65%, to 118 after US private equity house JC Flowers gave the provider an ultimatum over its 150p per share offer.
London Stock Exchange Group fell 43 points, or 3.46%, to 1201.
Brewers enjoyed more success as Whitbread rose 28 points, or 2.5%, to 1146 and SABMiller rose 19 points, or 1.79%, to 1081.
In New York, Bank of America fell 1.02 points, or 2.76%, to 35.92 while Alcoa fell 0.78 points, or 2.22%, to 34.37.
Meanwhile, Coca Cola rose 0.63 points, or 1.04%, to 60.92 and International Business Machines rose 1.2 points, or 1.03%, to 117.2.
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