LONDON -- The FTSE 100 has managed to climb off its early morning low of 5915.2 and early thoughts that the Footsie would concede 300 points have so far proved groundless. Nevertheless, the index is still some way below the 6000-point level and was trading midmorning down 203.3 points, or 3.3%, to 5972.2.
A senior market maker at Lehman Brothers believes that "we won't be looking to find the bottom of this market, we'll just have to wait and see how Wall Street performs this afternoon."
Nevertheless, another dealer described the market as a place only "for the brave."
There are some hefty falls out there, particularly among stocks with ADR listings. Because much of the
Dow Jones Industrial Average's
weakness came after London closed, stocks trading here and the other side of the pond were out of line at the start of trading. Hence a 16p fall to 284 in
and a 40p dip in
Other stocks with ADRs include
, down 15p to 435;
, down 19p to 558;
, down 175p to
, down 12.25p to 411.5.
Needless to say, technology, media and telecom stocks that were hardest hit, with the
index down 294.3, or 8.3%, to 3232.9.
However, one or two of the techs staged a tentative rally from opening lows.
fell 1100p at the outset, but trimmed this loss to be down 544p to
20.00 initially, but picked up slightly to stand 530p lower on balance at
25.55 but has since clawed its way back to stand down 227p at
Conditions on the Continent weren't pretty either, but considering the size of the selloff in the U.S. and Asia, one had the feeling it could be worse. The
in Frankfurt trimmed losses to 172.20, or 2.4%, climbing back above the key 7000 level to 7042.63. The
in Paris was off 178.99, or 3.0%, to 5886.72.
In Frankfurt, losses were spread evenly among New Economy and Old Economy shares, with no sector faring particularly worse than any other. As for technology stocks, software maker
fell 24.20 euros to 575.80,
was 2.60 euros lower to 132.10 and
was down only 0.19 euro to 115.91.
Likely of most interest to many European investors Monday was the debut of
. After DT set a very low initial price of 27 euros per share over the weekend for the Internet service provider, T-Online was able to eke out modest gains in early trade to 30.70 euros, despite all the commotion on the world's markets.
Although it appeared the telco had averted a total disaster with the T-Online IPO, Deutsche Telekom itself wasn't as fortunate in early trade, shedding 3.00 euros to 67.01. Other European telecom shares were also lower, but not any more than they might be on any other trading day.
was down 4.70 euros to 150.30 and
was off 0.75 euro to 23.55.