LONDON -- Small wonder that the FTSE 100 ended 178.9 points lower, or 2.8%, at 6,178.1 and the Techmark slumped a further 196.3 points, or 5.2%, to 3,530.1, given that by the close of trade here the Dow Jones Industrial Average was some 340 points lower and the Nasdaq was off 260 points.
U.K. market makers are suggesting that this is the ultimate shakeout, because even the tech stocks are starting to look cheap. "We're in limbo, my order book is down to about two," moaned one London trader.
The funeral cortege today was led by
, down 17.27 pounds, or 24.2%, at 53.44 ($84.44). The mourners included
, down 768p, or 22.6%, at 26.30 pounds and
London Bridge Software
at 40.07 pounds, down 250p, or 5.9%.
BATM Advanced Technologies
stunned everyone with a gain of 107p, or 2.4%, to close at 43.37 pounds, after forming a joint venture with
, which will use BATM's Internet protocol switching products.
ended the session under considerable pressure, closing 23.5p lower, or 7.2%, at 300 amid worries that the telco may have to pay even more than the current 5.3 billion pounds bid to secure a next-generation mobile phone license.
, up earlier on a positive response to restructuring plans, fell back to close 8p lower, or 0.7%, at 11.25 pounds, largely because of the fall in the overall market.
Europe's other stock markets all ended deep in the red, with the
in Frankfurt finishing down 234.23, or 3.1%, at 7214.83 and the
in Paris closing 198.63 lower, or 3.2%, at 6065.71.
In a bad omen for the initial public offering of its Internet unit on Monday,
was one of the Dax's biggest losers, closing down 4.62 euros, or 6.2%, at 70.01 ($66.82). Other European telcos fared little better, with
tanking 11.20 euros, or 6.8%, to 155 and
dropping 0.72 euros, or 2.9%, to 24.30.
In Frankfurt, both
surged early on speculation they might merge. Commerzbank finished 0.50 euros higher, or 1.2%, at 42, but Dresdner was unable to hold onto the gains and closed down 0.42 euros, or 0.9%, at 45.57.
German tech shares got hammered late in the day.
fell 9.71 euros, or 7.7%, to 116.10, software maker
dropped 27.60 euros, or 4.4%, to 600 and
dropped 9.05 euros, or 6.3%, at 134.70.