The FTSE 100 plunged well below the 5,300 mark today amid escalating concerns over the eurozone debt crisis and the strength of the global economic recovery on both sides of the Atlantic.
The benchmark index of UK blue-chip shares has been in continuing decline, on Thursday dropping 191 points, or 3.43%, and a further 146 points, or 2.7% today to close at 5,247.
Compared to its opening level at the start of the week, the FTSE has dropped a total of 568 points as at close of play today, equating to a loss just shy of 10% for the week and the worst weekly performance since just after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.
Losses were also seen across the channel in Europe as the negative outlook for the sovereign debt crisis started to take its toll. This situation is likely to go on and on until there is decisive action by European governments but to date this has not looked likely and so the survival of the euro remains uncertain.
The story was no different across the Atlantic where concerns heightened that the US is facing serious financial turmoil. With a heavy barrage of negative economic news fears of a double-dip recession are increasing along with the reality that should this occur, it is likely to drag the rest of the world down with it.
Compared to the 52 week high for the FTSE of 6,105, today's closing price is 14.1% lower and with worsening economic indicators, these are difficult times for investors.
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