Thursday's lull in trading came after record highs yesterday. Pull backs in utilities, financials and healthcare outweighed gains in technology and consumer discretionary.
From investor to customer the technology industry is just plain exciting as possibilities unfold into realities.
Another day, seemingly another milestone as the Dow Jones index pushes pass the 26,000 mark at finish on Wednesday powered by gains in technology, healthcare and consumer staples.
Publishing company, Pearson issued its trading update on Wednesday revealing full year results at the upper end of guidance but warns that it expects revenues to be flat in US higher education textbook business.
Global business events company, UBM was up in early trading on Wednesday after the announcement of a £3.8bn offer from rival Informa.
Global confectionary group, Ferrero, announced on Wednesday it will acquire the Nestle’s US candy bar line for $2.8bn in cash.
Dutch company ASML delivered a profit beat of €644m ($788.32m) for the quarter ending December up from €524m a year earlier and strength of the semiconductor industry buoyed its 2018 outlook.
Earlier on Tuesday the Dow sprinted to a record high before giving up those gains in mixed trading.
Cryptocurrencies’ double-digit descent saw the main alt coins falling between 23% and 14% as rattled investors continued a selloff amidst fears of a South Korea crackdown.
Stock prices advanced broadly as investors with earnings squarely in sight stepped up buying sending the three main gauges to touch record highs.
At 15:02 GMT, the Footsie dipped 3 points or -0.046% at 7,759.2 as commodities stocks put pressure reversing earlier gains.
BP shares slid close to 2% in trading on Tuesday after the oil giant said it would take a charge of around $1.7bn in its fourth quarter 2017 results.
Google aims to ramp up its cloud computing business by hooking up five new regions and adding three subsea cables expanding its networks for its customers the company said on Tuesday.
Since news broke 3 January about the flaw in chips that exposed computers and devices to securities vulnerabilities Spectre and Meltdown, a few tech companies have seen share prices buffeted and others have seemingly crested the tsunami of bad news.
Serco and Kier were among gainers today on FTSE 350 that benefitted after construction and services company, Carillion, collapsed on Monday.