The UK's top blue-chip index was down 0.18 per cent at 6,076 points.
Sports Direct's share price was down 2.5 per cent as the market opened, falling to 577.75p per share, the day after the company posted underwhelming first half results and was criticised for staff working conditions.
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Meanwhile Old Mutual fell 5.13 per cent to 165.3p per share as the market opened, extending its run from yesterday, after South African finance minister Nhlanhla Nene was sacked - a country in which the company does a lot of business.
Miners had a mixed start to the day, with Fresnillo leading the way, 1.34 per cent up at 681.5p per share. Rio Tinto and Antofagasta weren't far behind, rising 0.79 per cent to 1,985p per share and 0.67 to 449.45 per share.
BHP Billiton, however, was down 0.44 per cent to 730.3p per share and Glencore was 0.18 per cent lower at 88.71p per share.
Anglo American, which dropped marginally yesterday as its problems were exacerbated by Nene's sacking, fell again by 1.79 per cent to 313p per share.
Standard Chartered was up 0.16 per cent to 509.8p per share as the company announced it had raised £3.3bn through a rights issue of new stock, as part of ongoing efforts to bolster the bank's bottom line.