Trading on the FTSE began and ended in tepid fashion, with the index finishing down 0.9 points, or 0.01%, on 6649.3.
Vedanta Resources was among the day’s few winners, finishing 53 points in the green, or 3.37%, on £16.24.
Invesco also had a strong Wednesday, climbing 19.5 points, or 3.17%, on 634p, as did Standard Life, up nine points, or 2.65%, on 349p.
These gains were offset by poor shows from Morrison Supermarkets, down 8.5 points, or 2.82%, to 292.75p, Centrica, down 10 points, or 2.59%, on 376.75p, and Land Securities Group, down 39 points, or 2.13%, to £17.92.
In the US, the Dow Jones began poorly, falling 3.09 points, or 0.02%, to 13632.33.
Among the early performers were Home Depot, up 2.64 points, or 6.9%, to 40.91, and GEN Motors, up 0.52 points, or 1.51%, to 35.04. Coca Cola also started well.
However, among the early strugglers were Merck, down 0.78 points, or 1.55%, to 49.54 and Exxon Mobil, down 1.24 points, or 1.44%, to 84.6.
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