The Dow Jones Industrial Average has taken an unexpected fall in early trading, slumping almost 2% to 10.622.15, despite a confirmed $750bn bail-out of the nation's bad debt.
AIG has maintained its position at the helm of the winner’s table after climbing 2.78% but other gains are marginal at best.
GEN Electric has fallen almost 10% to 22.2, while Alcoa, down 5.45% to 20.11 and Caterpillar, down 4.99% to 54.11, are also having miserable mornings
In London the FTSE fell comfortably below 5,000 again to 4,922.47, a drop of about 0.75%.
HBOS stocks continued to climb but were settling at around 170p mid-afternoon on the back of Lloyds TSB deal. Lloyds shares have climbed 15.75p to 265.75.
However Vedanta Resources, down more than 10% to 929.5p, Tullow Oil and Admiral Group, both down more than 8%, were preventing any significant FTSE gains.IFAonline
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