UK stocks on the FTSE fell this afternoon, pushing the index down 48.30 points to 4,464.10 by the close.
Investors braced for an interest rates decision in the US after another index published there suggested the economy is still not recovered enough for the Federal Reserve to change its monetary cycle.
United Utilities dropped 29.5p to 517.5p as investors continued to pull away from the sector hit by a regulatory decision earlier this week to limit investments and consumer prices.
Reuters dropped 13.25p to 372p.
Royal & Sun Alliance fell 2.5p to 82p.
IMPS and Gallaher dropped as the British Medical Journal published a study suggesting passive smoking may be more dangerous than previously thought.
IMPS dropped 34p to 1,191p, Gallaher dropped 18p to 668p.
Exel, the logistics firm increased 10.5p to 768p as JPMorgan increased its earnings per share target to more than 44p.
Liberty, the property group, gained 9.5p to 763.5p after an analyst upgrade.
Shares are down in the US so far today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average index is off by about 32 points to 10,381 after the influential National Association of Purchasing Management published figures suggesting orders slowed in the mid-West region last month following big gains in recent months.IFAonline
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