The FTSE 100 has ended the day down 29.6 points, or 0.46%, to 6,419.6, as the index failed to build on gains by media and communication stocks.
Punch Taverns was the biggest loser with a fall of 3.68% to £12.56, closely followed by Drax which fell 2.63% to 784p, while Northern Rock slipped 2.23% to £10.53, and dropped 2.08% to 436.5p.
Hanson also fell 2.04% to 841.5p, although losses were limited by Daily Mail and General Trust which slipped 2.62% to 862.5p, while BSkyB added 1.65% to end the day at 584.5p.
However, Pearson posted the biggest gains with a rise of 4.59% to 901p, closely followed by Reuters Group which climbed 3.46% to 494p, while insurer Standard Life advanced 1.77% to 330.75p.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 39.58 points, or 0.3%, to 13,102.49, following stronger than expected manufacturing data.
Honeywell International is posting the biggest gains with a rise of 1.35% to $54.91, closely followed by Home Depot which is up 1.35% to $38.38, while Disney has added 1.14% to $35.38.
Wal-Mart Stores have climbed 1.11% to $48.45, while McDonald’s has added 0.87% to $48.70, although gains are being limited by JP Morgan Chase which is down 0.12% to $52.04.
Procter & Gamble is the biggest loser with a drop of 2.34% to $62.89, closely followed by Alcoa which has slipped 2.23% to $34.70, while Merck has fallen 0.72% to $51.07, and General Motors is down 0.7% to $31.01.
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