The UK's leading share index pulled back from multi-year highs Monday following a surge last week, as investors took profits from winning shares.
The index - which last week climbed around 1% to close at 6,347, its highest point since 2008 - gave back 1.2% or 72 points by mid-afternoon Monday, falling back down to 6,274.
US shares are also poised to open lower today after similar moves up to multi-month highs, while European indices are also being hit by profit-taking.
The French CAC 40 is off 1.5% at 3,715 points, while the German DAX is down by the same percentage at 7,716.
The pullback comes after positive day buoyed markets around the world last week. US factory activity quickened in January and hiring increased, while a eurozone business activity survey suggested the worst of the region's downturn may be over.
On Sunday, China also provided a boost by reporting its services sector had grown for a fourth straight month in January.
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