The FTSE began slowly on Friday, dropping 0.36% to 6357.9. Early gainers included power supply firm Drax Group, which was up 1.33% to 725.5p. This was closely followed by BP, which is up 1.25% to 527p, and Sainsbury's, up 0.97% to 520p.
However, these gains were stemmed by the Lloyds TSB Group, down 3.51% to 591.5p, and the Rolls-Royce Group, down 1.36% to 508p.
Old Mutual was also down, 1.35% to 182.25.
In the US, the Dow Jones dropped 52.39, or 0.41% to close on 12686.02.
Computing firm Intel Corp made the largest gains, rising 0.43% to $20.97. This was closely followed by Exxon Mobil Corp, up 0.4% to end on $75.08, and Verizon Communications, which finished up 0.39% at $38.44.
These gains were stemmed however by GEN Motors, down by 2.09% to close on $34.63, pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co, down 1.71% to $43.20, and aluminum producer Alcoa Inc, which was down 1.14% to $34.75.
In Japan on the Nikkei 225, stocks gained, led by Mitsubishi Estate Co. and other property developers after a report forecast the supply of office space will decrease this year and the next. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average advanced 79.63, or 0.4% to 18,188.42 yen
Mitsubishi Estate, the nation's largest developer by market value, jumped 4.7%, to 4,000 yen, while Mitsui Fudosan Co., Japan's biggest developer by sales, advanced 3.4%, to 3,610.
Mitsubishi Corp., Japan's largest trading company, advanced 3%, to 2,745 yen and Sumitomo Corp., the nation's third biggest, climbed 3.2%, to 2,265 yen.
These gains were hampered by Sanyo, which tumbled 21% to 181 yen, the largest loss since September 1974.
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