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FTSE falls nearly 2% as Trump puts off China trade deal hopes

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By Muvija M and Shashwat Awasthi

(Reuters) - London's FTSE 100 dropped to a two-month low on its fourth day in the red on Tuesday, as U.S. President Donald Trump's nonchalance about reaching a trade deal with China spooked traders.

The blue-chip index (FTSE) slipped 1.8%, while the midcap FTSE 250 index's (FTMC) fall was limited to 1% on the back of a 15% surge in miner Centamin (L:CEY) after Canada's Endeavour Mining (TO:EDV) revealed a $1.9 billion buyout proposal.

Diversified miner Glencore (L:GLEN) was among steepest fallers on the main board, tumbling 4% as investors were unimpressed by an update on the company's priorities and expected output.

In a broad sell-off, every sector in the main index recorded losses after Trump said an agreement with Beijing might have to wait until after the U.S. presidential election in November 2020.

Asia-facing financial stocks, led by a 2.3% drop in HSBC (L:HSBA), and oil majors Shell (L:RDSa) and BP (L:BP) were among those hardest hit due to the trade jitters.

"This insouciance about the prospect of putting off any deal has completely upended market expectations that we were potentially millimetres away from a deal, and also flies in the face of the optimism that has seen markets rally strongly over the last few weeks," CMC analyst Michael Hewson said.

The mood had already started to sour this week as Washington's tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from key Latin American trading partners and Trump's threat to slap separate tariffs on France and the European Union rekindled fears of global trade tensions.

Reflecting that, the FTSE 100 is headed for its worst monthly performance since August despite being just days into the final month of the year.

On Tuesday, the bourse also underperformed its European counterparts, with its dollar-earners falling further due to a rise in sterling after a new poll showed the Conservative Party widening its lead before an election next week.

Among midcaps, Centamin shares marked their biggest one-day climb in four-and-a-half years even as the British firm rejected Endeavour's takeover approach.

"We believe the Endeavour all-share merger proposal for Centamin would provide the management and operational direction Centamin has lacked for the past two years," Peel Hunt analysts wrote.

In other news-driven moves, Cineworld (L:CINE) lost 4% after the cinema chain warned on its annual trading performance.

For a graphic on Centamin vs gold:

https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/buzzifr/15/1899/1899/Pasted%20Image.jpg

FTSE falls nearly 2% as Trump puts off China trade deal hopes
 

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Samson Godfri
Samson Godfri Dec 03, 2019 11:11
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DAX is gaining while FTSE 100,
Samson Godfri
Samson Godfri Dec 03, 2019 11:08
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Next stop 7190.?7090?6990?
Parrish Claxton
Parrish Claxton Dec 03, 2019 10:35
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Trumps really sending my portfolio south, while he probably gains millions.
John McDougall
John McDougall Dec 03, 2019 9:32
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makes you wonder if trump plays the market for his own personal gains. seems to be too consistent with the markets going up and down on a regular basis with this guy
Phyziq Nation
Phyziq Nation Dec 03, 2019 9:32
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My thoughts exactly! Just way too influential when the markets live and breathe on his every word
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David Hawley Dec 03, 2019 9:32
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I've said this all along. He knows he can make it go up, and he knows he can make it come down again. All his tweets seem to come out after the US market has closed, which implies he sells or buys at the end of each day. It wouldn't surprise me at all with this guy. Not after acting a fake *******towards a female critic at a recent rally. If Anericans like that sort of behaviour from their president..says a lot for Americans
 
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