Sluggish economic data from the world's biggest economy offset gains by buoyant banking stocks today, sending the FTSE 100 Index into the red and continuing a turbulent performance by the top tier.
The FTSE 100 Index moved back above the 6,500 mark today thanks to a shares rally from retailers.
European markets shook off worries over the inconclusive Italian election result today with the help of better news on the US economy.
The recent rally on London's FTSE 100 Index came to a halt today amid fears that US policymakers are getting cold feet over their economy-boosting measures.
The FTSE 100 Index was more than 1% lower today, down 66.9 points to 6,228.4.
London's blue chip FTSE 100 Index gained more than £17billion today, buoyed by signs of the returning health of the US economy.
London's FTSE 100 Index ended the week on a high today despite estimates that Britain's economy contracted at the end of last year.
Around £10.8billion was added to the value of UK blue chips today as London's FTSE 100 Index leapt to its highest level for nearly two years.
European markets lagged behind Wall Street today as speculation over US talks on the looming fiscal cliff continued to drive sentiment.
London's FTSE 100 Index closed at a near-three month high today as figures showed the US unemployment rate falling to its lowest level for four years.
Uncertainty over talks to head off the looming fiscal cliff in the US kept the London market in check today as eurozone concerns also weighed on stocks.
London's FTSE 100 Index powered more than 1% ahead today on fresh hopes of a deal being struck to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff in the US.
London's main market struggled to make headway today after a credit rating downgrade in France sparked further uncertainty in Europe.
Continued uncertainty over economic prospects in Europe and the US kept the FTSE 100 Index under pressure today as the blue-chip index closed down 44.3 points at 5,677.8.
Euphoria surrounding President Barack Obama's reelection fizzled out today as investors' focus switched to the approaching "fiscal cliff" in the US.
The London market struggled to find direction today after markets on Wall Street were shut due to fears over the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
London's leading shares index stood still today as investors heeded warnings that figures showing an end to the UK's double-dip recession masked weak underlying health.
Trading on the London market was subdued today, with the FTSE 100 Index closing just two points ahead at 5,827.8.
London's FTSE 100 Index made tentative gains today as world markets steadied after yesterday's sharp sell-off on concerns over the eurozone crisis.
The London market struggled to find direction today despite more emergency support for the global economy.
The FTSE 100 Index fell 32.2 points to 5,743.5 today, with miners among the biggest fallers after fears about growth in China depressed commodity prices.
Fresh evidence that the eurozone debt crisis is impacting Asia depressed sentiment on markets today.
Fears that Spain is on the verge of asking for a full-blown bailout from the EU triggered a rout on world markets today.
A multibillion-euro bailout for Spain's banks was not enough to appease traders' concerns over the embattled country as the London market closed 1% lower today.
Hopes that the continuing gloom in Europe would spur central banks into further stimulus measures triggered a rally on world markets today.