The FTSE rose 0.10 points, or 0%, this morning to 6466.9p.
Northern Rock fell 28.6 points, or 15.96%, to 150.6p following talks of a sale that would break up the bank and deliver little to the shareholders.
Liberty International fell 19 points, or 1.67%, to 1122p. Carphone Warehouse Group fell 5.25 points, or 1.51%, to 343.25p. Standard Life fell four points, or 1.39%, to 284.5p. Carnival fell 26 points, or 1.11%, to 2308p.
Tate & Lyle rose 18 points, or 4.47%, to 420.5p. Persimmon rose 23 points, or 2.39%, to 987p. British Airways rose 7.5 points, or 1.96%, to 390.75p. Taylor Wimpey rose five points, or 1.81%, to 280.75p. Home Retail rose 6.75 points, or 1.81%, to 379.5p.
The Dow Jones fell 17.31 points, or 0.12%, to 13895.63c. Caterpillar rose 0.96 points, or 1.24%, to 78.43c. General Motors rose 0.24 points, or 0.66%, to 36.7c. Disney rose 0.18 points, or 0.53%, to 34.39c. Honeywell International rose 0.27 points, or 0.46%, to 59.47c. Intel Corporation rose 0.10 points, or 0.39%, to 25.86c.
Pfizer fell 0.32 points, or 1.29%, to 24.43c. AT&T fell 0.52 points, or 1.21%, to 42.31c. Merck & Co. fell 0.61 points, or 1.17%, to 51.69c. Home Depot fell 0.32 points, or 0.98%, to 32.44c. Hewlett-Packard fell 0.48 points, or 0.95%, to 49.79c.
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