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LONDON -- The FTSE 100 staged a reasonable rally above 6000 Tuesday morning, but it would take some really serious buying to see it back to the levels of last week. Some of the major players have already set down their tools ahead of the Easter break, and as a result the recovery doesn't seem to have much oomph about it.

By midmorning, the Footsie was 4.6 points higher to 5999.2, having been 85 points up after just a quarter of an hour's trading. The


index was up 154.5 points, or 4.6%, to 3543.2.

The morning's major faller was

BP Amoco


, which fell 21p to 506 (US$8.00) mainly on technical considerations following the removal of

Atlantic Richfield

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, recently acquired by the company, from the

Standard & Poor's

index in the U.S. U.S. funds were forced to sell their Arco holdings, which resulted in pressure being exerted on the BP Amoco price as new shares issued in connection with the acquisition were listed in New York and London. Dealers expect BP Amoco to recover from this fall Tuesday as index tracking funds increase their weighting in BP Amoco to 8.7% of the FTSE 100 from 7.5% previously.

For investors who were brave Monday and retained their technology stock holdings, there was better news Tuesday morning following the


rally overnight. Best of the bunch was

Baltimore Technologies


, which rose 620p to

64.50. These shares have fallen 60% since March 10, so they're due for a bounce.

ARM Holdings


was 297p higher to

33.65 and


improved 223p to




rose 5.5p to 699 on news that the company is teaming up with

Merrill Lynch


to form the first "global" (well, it won't include the U.S.) online banking and investment service.

Prudential plc

responded to good first-quarter business figures with a gain of 11p to 899 before slipping back to stand just a penny dearer at 869.

Vodafone AirTouch

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was back in demand after news that its


subsidiary has sold just over half its holding in

Atecs Mannesmann Engineering






. Vodafone rose above 300 before coming off slightly to stand 13p higher at 298. At least four leading broking houses are recommending clients buy Vodafone this morning.


gained 25p to 262, boosted by a partnership deal with

British Telecom's


mobile unit BT Cellnet, whereby both sets of customers can bid for items on WAP mobile phones though BT's Genie mobile portal.

On the Continent, it seemed almost like the last two sessions had never happened, with tech and telecom shares once again the flavor of the day. The

Xetra Dax

in Frankfurt was slightly down 30.48 to 7156.66 and the

CAC 40

in Paris was down 38.08 to 6022.46.

Gains for technology issues in Frankfurt were just enough to offset slumping Old Economy shares, as software maker


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was up 18.50 euros to 654.50 (US$623.28), Siemens was 3.39 euros higher to 144.90 and


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soared 3.85 euros to 128.10.

Deutsche Telekom's

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Internet unit


continued to make solid gains following its debut Monday. T-Online was up 2 euros to 39.60.

Deutsche Telekom itself wasn't having a bad session either, and was up 3.80 euros to 74.80. Other European telcos also were higher, with

France Telecom


up 4.60 euros to 160.60 and


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up 0.42 euro to 24.22.