LONDON -- Decisions by the
European Central Bank
Bank of England
to keep interest rates steady could do little to help the region's markets as technology stocks were slammed again amid the
's resumed downward spiral. Mobile phone makers, telecom operators, software makers -- you name it, it fell.
closed the day down 88 points lower, or 1.2%, at 6,303 after being in negative territory for almost the entire session and the
ended down 132 points, or 3.7%, at 3,436.
The day's biggest losers were all from the technology and telecom sectors. Cable company
tried again to bounce following the release of results and after last week's heavy losses. The stock posted a session high of 186p ($2.77), but then took a bath. By the close, it was once again the Footsie's biggest faller, and shed another 12.5% of its value to close at 153p.
, whose chip designs are used in mobile phones and so is closely tied to the fat of the phone makers, fell 88p, or 12.1%, to 630. Only on Wednesday, e-security provider
looked to be back in favor. But as the saying goes, another day, another dollar, and the stock plunged 40p, or 5.8%, to 654.
dropped 7.75p, or 2.5%, to 270.25 and
fell 19p, or 1.5%, to 850.
On the Continent, key supports at 7,000 on the
in Frankfurt and 6,400 on the
in Paris were tested and broken. The CAC closed down 150 points, or 2.3%, at 6,380 and late in the German session, the Dax was down 119 points, or 1.7%, at 6,993.
Especially hard hit were phone makers such as
and Alcatel. Nokia closed down 2.47 euros, or 5.4%, to 43.25 ($38.93) and Alcatel fell 4.70 euros, or 6.2%, to 71.30.
fell 4.00 euros, or 3.0%, to 130.00 and
was down 0.70 euro, or 3.0%, to 22.50.
Even firms that released good earnings figures weren't spared. Both
announced stellar first-half results, yet Deustche fell 2.30 euros, or 2.4% to 95.70 and SocGen closed down 4.90 euros, or 7.0%, to 65.00.