Markets fell in London today as US investors mulled a further request for aid by the car industry.
The FTSE 100 was teetering on the 4,000 point barrier this afternoon, with the main London index down 30.01 points (0.74%) to 4,004.12 shortly after 3pm.
Royal Bank of Scotland shares fell 8.7% as the firm struggles to find the £8bn it needs to subscribe to the Government's toxic loan insurance scheme.
Legal & General shares lost ground due to continued concerns over its ability to fund defaults, down 5.96%, while competitor Prudential dipped 5.55%.
Strong demand for precious metals helped platinum firm Johnson Matthey to add 5.03% to £10.65 per share.
US investor saw relative calm on Wall Street in early trading after heavy falls yesterday, with the Dow Jones down 5.57 points (0.07%) to 7,547.03.
General Motors shares climbed despite the firm asking the Government for a $21bn bail-out, up 2.75% to $2.24.
Bank shares also recovered after yesterday's slump, with Bank of America up 2.04%, Citigroup added 1.96% and JP Morgan Chase gained 1.71%.Investment Week
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