* FTSE 100 closes down 0.3 pct at 6,449.27 points
* FTSE falls for 10th time in 11 sessions
* ARM falls 5.9 percent in heavy volume after results
* Some traders expect more near-term weakness on FTSE
* FTSE 100 down 4.4 percent since start of 2014
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, Feb 4 Britain's top equity index fell
for the 10th time in 11 sessions on Tuesday, as a drop in the
share price of chip designer ARM kept the market near a
The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down by 0.3
percent, or 16.39 points, at 6,449.27 points - its lowest close
since ending at 6,439.96 points on Dec. 13.
ARM fell 5.9 percent in heavy volume to make it the
worst-performing FTSE stock in percentage terms, after it posted
a smaller-than-expected rise in royalty revenues.
Trading volumes in ARM came in six times above the average
90-day volume in the stock, while volumes on the FTSE 100 were
1.5 times above the index's average 90-day volume.
The FTSE rose 14.4 percent in 2013 to post its best annual
gain since 2009, but it has fallen back by around 4.4 percent
since the start of 2014.
Global equities have lost ground at the start of this year
on concerns over slowing growth in China and the United States,
while a slump in emerging markets has also hit stock markets.
"It is definitely a risk-off attitude dominating the markets
right now, sparked by the macro data showing that the two
biggest economies in the world are losing momentum," said
Varengold Bank trader Anita Paluch.
Signs of weak corporate results from major companies, such
as ARM and UK bank Lloyds on Monday, have also
reinforced some investors' concerns that corporate results will
not be strong enough to drive the stock market higher during the
first quarter of this year.
H20 Markets chief strategist Mike Jarman expected another 3
percent pull-back on the market in the near term.
Hantec Markets analyst Richard Perry also noted the FTSE
remained below its 200-day simple moving average level of around
6,560 points - seen by technical traders as a sign that the
market remains under pressure.
"There's a good few negative signals out there," said Perry.