Market sentiment has taken a downward turn amid an expected visit by US Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.
Pelosi Taiwan trip pulls stocks off their highs of the day.
FTSE 100 on track for a 2.7 % weekly gain
The blue-chip index back in negative territory as banks and miners drop.
Wall Street’s main indexes fall sharply at the open.
Shares on the FTSE stock market indexes accelerated gains on Wednesday.
Major US stock indexes ended lower after another turbulent session.