The FTSE 100 has ended the day slightly down with a fall of 5.3 points, or 0.09%, to 6,198.6, as utility and mining stocks retreated.
Miner Antofagasta was the biggest drag on the index with a fall of 2.21% to 508p, closely followed by United Utilities which slipped 2.2% to 778.5p, while Centrica dropped 1.92% to 345.5p.
Lonmin also slipped 1.61% to £29.88, while Next dropped 1.43% to £17.89, although losses were limited by Man Group which was up 1.28% to 515.5p, while SABMiller gained 1.68% to £11.53.
BT Group posted the biggest gains with a rise of 3.69% to 316.5p, closely followed by Shire which added 2.27% to £10.80, while Rolls-Royce Group climbed 2% to end the session at 446p.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 24.51 points, or 0.2%, to 12,495.83, in early trading to reach a new record high.
Hewlett-Packard is posting the biggest gains with a rise of 2.03% to $41.25, closely followed by 3M Company which is up 1.22% to $79.06, while United Technologies has climbed 1.15% to $63.20.
Drug company Pfizer is also performing well with a rise of 0.88% to $26.43, closely followed by Intel which has gained 0.77% to $20.82, although gains are being limited by Johnson & Johnson which is down 0.27% to $66.70.
Exxon Mobil is the biggest drag on the index so far with a fall of 0.82% to $76.36, closely followed by Disney which is down 0.55% to $34.66, while Alcoa has dropped 0.52% to $30.32, and Boeing has fallen 0.26% to $89.94.IFAonline
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