The FTSE made a slight recovery this evening but still lost its 6,000+ status, finishing down 87.6p, or 1.45%, on 5,970.
The index spent most of the day at least 100 points down after a late sell-off on Wall Street yesterday, but investor confidence returned.
Vodafone was the biggest contributor to the FTSE’s struggles, closing with a loss of 8.10p, or 4.98% to 154.65p.
But the London Stock Exchange and Vedanta Resources also stuttered.
On the plus side, British Airways advanced 13p to 243.75, while Smith & Nephew, up 21.5p to 581.5p, Smiths Group and Alliance & Leicester all ended in the black.
The Dow Jones on the other hand made a steady climb in early trading and has climbed 69 points, or 0.58%, to 12,471.82.
American Express increased the most, with a 1.98 point, or 4.47% rise to 46.29. Walt Disney and Intel Corporation were also near the top of the leader board. Walt Disney climbed to 34.36, and Intel to 23.52.
Bank of America has fallen 0.98% to 32.35, as the biggest loser on a positive day so far. GEN Motors and Chevron Corp have also made minor losses.IFAonline
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