The FTSE100 began the day down 45.40 or 0.68% at 6679.10 with miners acting as the main drag on the index.
The main fallers were all from the mining sector with Antofaqasta down 3.5% and Xstrata dropping 3.48% at the bottom of the heap.
Meanwhile at the top of the table, oil company BP was up 1.94% to 605.00 on the news the oil price could be reaching a record high. There was also good news for Northern Rock with its shares up 1.74% on the back of take over speculation.
Despite a stronger opening for the US yesterday, a poor showing from technology stocks including Apple and Google led to the US market falling by the close of play. The NASDAQ composite was hit particularly hard falling 1.66% to close at 2140 while the Dow Jones 30 fell 63 to 14,015.
Japanese stocks also closed down on the news earnings at a number of semiconductor firms, including Nikon Corp, will drop next year. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average lost 127.81, or 0.7%, to 17,331.17 while the Topix index fell 18.04, or 1.1%, to 1,659.48.
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