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LONDON -- European stocks looked like they got out of bed with a spring in their step, but the profit warning from WorldCom stamped on their toes.

In London, the

FTSE 100

plunged to a session low of 6,396 before recovering to close up 19 points at 6,458 as the U.S. markets bounced from their opening plunge. It was a similar story for the

Techmark 100

, which fell to a low of 3,380 before eventually closing up 41 points, or 1.2%, at 3,432.

In truth, the FTSE 100's two big telecom stocks,

Vodafone

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and

British Telecom

( BTY), gave some early clues that the market was perhaps not doing as well as it initially appeared.

Of course, hindsight is a wonderful thing. But after the recent strong rallies, both stocks looked to be feeling some profit-taking selling pressure. This was put it down to nagging fears about debt levels, further downgrades and problems over refinancing. In addition, research from brokerage

Cazenove

said there is a considerable overhang of Vodafone shares after its purchase of Spain's

Airtel

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. This is likely to weigh on the share price.

Vodafone fell to a session low of 272.5 pence ($3.95), before closing 10p lower, or 3.5%, at 276.75. That alone was enough to wipe 27 points off the FTSE 100. BT plunged to 763p before ending the day 18p, or 2.2%, in the red at 790.

Altera's

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revenue warning had only minor impact on U.K.-listed chip stocks.

ARM Holdings

( ARMHY) stumbled to 670 before recovering to close up 11p, or 3.5%, at 691.

Parthus Technologies

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held relatively steady and closed the day 1p lower at 234.5. And

ARC International

remained firm throughout the day to eventually close 17p, or 5%, higher at 34.5p.

Game developer and publisher

Eidos

( EIDSY)closed up 5.25p, or 1.9%, to 285 despite losing its chief executive. This comes hot on the heels of last month's departure of the CFO.

Pharmaceuticals were active as they attracted a string of broker comments.

SmithKline Beecham

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rose 20p, or 2.3%, to 910, even though

Lehman Brothers

maintained its "neutral" recommendation with a price target of 860p. Merger partner

Glaxo Wellcome

( GLX) finished up 16p, or 0.8%, at

20.00.

Most of Europe's other stock markets ended largely unchanged, as the

CAC 40

in Paris closed up 11.4, or a mere 0.2%, at 6,409.1 and the

Xetra Dax

in Frankfurt was flat at 7,077.3 late in German trading. However, the Neuer Markt's tech-heavy

Nemax 50

index was down 70.3, or 1.5%, at 4,619.1.

German carmakers continued to rally, as

Volkswagen

(VLKAY)

rose 1.63 euros, or 2.8%, to 60.50 ($51.33) and

DaimlerChrysler

( DCX) jumped 1.70 euros, or 3.1%, to 56.00.

Telecoms, on the other hand, had an off day, as

Deutsche Telekom

( DT) fell 1.43 euros, or 3.2%, to 42.82,

France Telecom

(FTE)

closed down 1.20 euros, or 1%, at 122.00 and

KPN

( KPN) dipped 1.03 euros, or 4.3%, to 22.84.

Financials regained some of the spotlight Wednesday, as

Deutsche Bank

( DTBKY) released solid nine-month earnings. However, the figures did little for the bank's shares, which were down 0.20 euros, or 0.2%, at 96.28. Rival

Dresdner Bank

( DRSDY), which reports Thursday, was down 1.10 euros, or 2.2%, at 48.00.