* 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 outlets
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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 , 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 dipped 0.4% on Wednesday.
Oil majors were the biggest drags on the main index as oil prices
slid more than 2%.
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".
British American Tobacco 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.
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.
Reckitt Benckiser erased earlier losses to end 4.4% higher. The
consumer goods firm named PepsiCo executive Laxman Narasimhan to
succeed outgoing chief executive officer Rakesh Kapoor.
Small-cap car dealership chain Pendragon 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
Shares of larger peer Auto Trader shed 2.4% on the FTSE 100.
Shares of sub-prime lender Provident Financial tumbled 6.6% on
the mid-caps after Canaccord Genuity cut its rating to
"sell", citing precarious capital position and dividend
AIM-listed Majestic Wine 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.
Tobacco stocks underwhelm amid shift to alternative smoking products
(Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru Editing by Patrick Graham)
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