Mining companies led the FTSE down about 10 points to 4,532 as shares went ex-dividend this morning.
Anglo American is down 40p to 1,343, and Rio Tinto is off 34p to 1,381p as investors lost the right to buy the next dividend.
Antofagasta, the Chillean copper miner listed in London, has shed 23.5p to 1,116.5p on news politicians in Chile are proposing a 3% royalty on the value of ore mined in the country.
Bunzl is down 7.25p to 462.25p after analysts at Morgan Stanley warned of a downside risk to the supplier of paper cups to office stationary.
BP is up 5.25p to 449.75p after indications from Russia’s government it may cut taxes and boost reforms of the economy if president Vladimir Putin wins a second term in office.
Diageo is up 8p to 737p after announcing it will end sales of a controversial whisky product, which competitors say breaks industry rules on labelling of “pure” malts.
The FTSE 250 index is down about 28 points to 6,331.
Technology firms are down after another rough day for tech stocks in the US.
Interserve has lost most, down 14p to 276p after reporting a full-year loss in 2003 compared to a profit in 2002.
Jarvis, the engineering firm, is up 9.75p to 184.75p as investors punt on the stock remaining in the FTSE 250, which it has been tipped to drop out of.
Overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index shed 72.52 points to 10,456.96, taking its losses beyond 200 points since last Monday.
The S&P 500 index dropped 6.62 points to 1,140.58, and Nasdaq’s Composite fell 13.62 points to 1,995.16.
Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index shed 98.80 points to 11,433.24, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index is down 183.05 points to 13,214.20.IFAonline
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