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High tech stock jitters

Private investors experienced the volatility of high technology shares as stocks sank across Europe yesterday.


London&#39s Techmark 100, the stock exchange&#39s grouping of technology companies, fell by 114 points, 3.3 per cent, to 3,369. Its German counterpart, Frankfurt&#39s Neuer Markt Top 50 fell 3 per cent, while Paris&#39s Nouveau March fell 7 per cent.


The private investors who have been overwhelming broking firms over the last few weeks switched back to more traditional stocks such as ICI and Rio Tinto.


Only last week the Financial Services Authority issued a warning to investors that “dot.com” shares were not infallible.

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