Outsourcing specialist Serco and Essar Energy were the session’s biggest fallers as the FTSE 100 index closed slightly down.
Serco and Essar both dropped 5.9% to 527p and 107.1p, respectively. Miners Xstrata and Kazakhmys both closed 4.9% to 1,137.5p and 951.5p, respecitvely, while engineer Weir Group slipped 4.7% to 1,939p.
Testing company Intertek was the biggest riser with share price increasing by 2.5% to 2,372p, while oil giant BP climbed 1.6% higher to 504.6p. (article continues below)
Brewer Diageo increased by 1.5% to 1,527.5p, while both Centrica and Petrofac rose by 1.3% to 310.3p and 1,595p, respectively.