The FTSE 100 moved sharply downwards once again on Friday (January 15), the blue-chip index falling 2.3 per cent on the back of continued market jitters.
The 136 point fall to 5,782 came after the oil price slipped back below $30 and turmoil in Asian markets failed to abate, with the Shanghai Composite index down some 3.6 per cent and Japanese stocks also suffering.
The FTSE 100 has registered a series of daily falls already this year as part of broader unease in global stockmarkets. Over this week alone the index dropped from 5,949 to 5,782.
Today, energy companies were once more among those worst hit, with Anglo American shares down 11.5 per cent and BHP Billiton, which announced a $7.2bn (£5bn) writedown of US shale assets, seeing its stock fall by 7.5 per cent.