UPDATE 2-FTSE rally out of steam as trade nerves return, BAT slides


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    * FTSE 100 down, FTSE 250 down 0.4%
    * Financials, oil majors drag on main index
    * BAT has worst day in 7 months
    * Pendragon tanks to 6 yr low after profit warning
    * Majestic Wine gains after report Elliott to bid for

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    By Shashwat Awasthi
    June 12 (Reuters) - London's main index eased as the latest
salvoes in the U.S.-Chinese trade dispute kept investors on edge
and weak demand outlook knocked oil shares, while British
American Tobacco slid after warning of steeper declines in
cigarette sales.
    The FTSE 100  .FTSE , up for seven days straight after
falling more than 3% in a global stock market sell-off in May,
and the mid-cap FTSE 250  .FTMC  dipped 0.4% on Wednesday.
    Oil majors were the biggest drags on the main index as oil
prices slid more than 2%.  O/R 
    Financial stocks also weighed as President Donald Trump
added to the trade nerves by saying he was not interested in a
deal with Beijing unless it agreed to some "major points" in
negotiations, while China declared it was "not afraid of
fighting a trade war".  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL2N23I153  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N23I2AD
    British American Tobacco  BATS.L  skidded 4.4% on its worst
day in seven months after it warned of steeper declines in
cigarette sales globally mainly due to waning demand in its main
U.S. market.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N23J1J7
    While the blue-chip index's losses last month were driven by
fears that Trump's spats with trade partners were set to weaken
global growth, the rises since have seen markets convinced that
the U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks will respond
quickly with stimulus if needed.
    "The rally has paused and things may get a bit tricky now as
we may well see the market start to think - one may even say
realise - that the Fed is not necessarily going to ride to the
rescue," Markets.com analyst Neil Wilson said.
    However, a timid U.S. inflation report seemed to bolster
hopes of interest rate cuts.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL2N23I1A9
    Reckitt Benckiser  RB.L  erased earlier losses to end 4.4%
higher. The consumer goods firm named PepsiCo  PEP.O  executive
Laxman Narasimhan to succeed outgoing chief executive officer
Rakesh Kapoor.
    Small-cap car dealership chain Pendragon  PDG.L  lost more
than a fifth of its value and slumped to a more than 6-1/2 year
low as significant declines in new car and used car
registrations caused it to warn on full-year profit.
 urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N23J1KL Shares of larger peer Auto Trader  AUTOA.L  shed
2.4% on the FTSE 100.
    Shares of sub-prime lender Provident Financial  PFG.L 
tumbled 6.6% on the mid-caps after Canaccord Genuity cut its
rating to "sell", citing precarious capital position and
dividend risks.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N23J22L
    AIM-listed Majestic Wine  WINEW.L  surged nearly 10% after a
Sky News report that activist fund Elliott Advisors had launched
a bid for 200 of the specialist wine retailer's outlets.

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 (Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru
Editing by Patrick Graham)
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