For the second day in a row the FTSE 100 relinquished smart gains after dipping in late trading, closing Wednesday 0.08 points ahead (5.2%) to 6284.50.
Northern Rock led the session despite Bradford & Bingley denying it will bid for the troubled lender. Rock finished 4.37% up, to 90.70.
Advanced materials technology leader Johnson Matthey also did well, jumping 3.26% to 1743; while Rentokil Initial was up 2.8% to 117.50.
Kingfisher topped the fall list as concerns mounted on its Christmas business trading, closing 2.98% lower, to 143.10.
A Morgan Stanley downgrade from 'overweight' to 'equal-weight' resulted in Intercontinental Hotels falling 2.23% to 877.
In New York, the Dow Jones has slid significantly after a solid opening, currently 68.04 points down (0.51%) to 13164.43.
Its not a happy start for Disney, down 2.33% to 32.25; while 3M Company is 1.86% lower to 84.25 and DuPont is 1.83% behind to 42.39.
Industrial supplies manufacturer Honeywell International is trading are trading near a seven-year high, up 1.24% to 61.34; while IBM is leading a good morning for the Tech sector, up 0.91% to 107.28.
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