Early struggles on the FTSE 100 continued throughout the day as the index finished down 51 points, or 0.77%, on 6565.4.
Among the day’s winners were Cable and Wireless, up 5.2 points, or 2.79%, to 191.9p.
Experian, up 11.5 points, or 1.92%, to 610.5p and Schroders, up 20 points, or 1.46%, to £13.90, also had positive days.
However, these gains were offset by looses for Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance, which finished down 9.7 points, or 5.72%, on 160p.
Persimmon, down 49 points, or 3.46%, and Lonmin, also had poor days.
In the US, the Dow Jones finished down 3.5 points, or 0.03%, to 13522.15.
Among the early winners are Boeing, up 2.63 points, or 2.75%, to 98.2, Home Depot, up 0.36 points, or 0.93%, to 39.14, and AT&T, up 0.31 points, or 0.77%, to 40.72.
These gains are being stemmed though by Intel Corp, down 0.39 points, or 1.72%, to 22.28, Du Pont, down 0.41 points, or 0.79%, to 51.7, and JPMorgan Chase, down 0.40 points, or 0.77%, to 51.59.
Japan's Nikkei 225 Stock Average slid 0.1% to 17,696.97.
Sony Corp., the world's second-largest maker of consumer electronics, slid 2.1% to 6,950 yen, while Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Japan's second-largest property and casualty insurer by market value, dropped 3.1% to 1,516 yen.
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