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LONDON MARKETS: Miners Push U.K. Stocks Lower

By Preeti Upadhyaya, MarketWatch LONDON (MarketWatch) -- Better-than-expected U.K. unemployment data failed to boost the country's benchmark stock index on Wednesday, as losses for heavyweight miners added pressure, tracking most metals prices lower. The FTSE 100 dropped 0.5% to close at 5,833.04, after closing at its highest level since April 2 on Tuesday. The index shortly trimmed losses in morning trade, after the Office for National Statistics reported that the unemployment rate was 8% for the three months to June 2012, down 0.2 percentage points over the quarter. . Meanwhile in the U.K., minutes released by the Bank of England showed that the central bank voted 9-0 to leave key interest rates unchanged in August. In the U.S. data released by the Department of Labor on Wednesday showed that consumer prices remained the same in July, while the Empire State Manufacturing index dropped sharply in August. and Mining firms led the downward trend, with Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. PLC falling 8.5% after releasing results for the first half of the year in which revenue fell 19% and underlying earnings before interest, taxes, dividends and amortization dropped 41%. Chief Executive Felix Vulis said, "ENRC has shown a resilient performance in the first half of 2012, a period characterized by deepening economic uncertainty and declining prices for our key products. In light of these market conditions we have concentrated on controlling our costs and enhancing productivity." Rio Tinto PLC (RIO) eased 3.4% and Anglo American PLC slipped 2.9% while BHP Billiton PLC (BHP) was off 2.3%. Metals prices were mostly lower. JJB Sports PLC plunged 23.7% after Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) said in an earnings statement Tuesday that it would write off its $32.4 million stake in the U.K. sporting goods company. Tobacco companies also added pressure after an Australian law was passed banning almost all branding from cigarette packaging. Imperial Tobacco Group PLC fell 1.7% and British American Tobacco PLC (BTI) was down 0.7%. Vodafone PLC (VOD) slipped 1% after Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded the telecommunications firm to neutral from buy. Moving in the other direction, life insurance firm Resolution Ltd. was up 2.9% after releasing results for the first half of the year. The company announced it would be "simplifying the governance structure" and raised interim dividends by 5%. Standard Chartered PLC was up 4.1% after it announced late Tuesday that it would pay $340 million to settle with New York's Department of Financial Services. Subscribe to WSJ: http://online.wsj.com?mod=djnwires

Stock News for British American Tobacco (BTI)
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09/11/201213:02:04LONDON MARKETS: Burberry Tumbles 21% As London Miners Retreat
09/11/201212:52:07British American Tobacco Buys 200,000 Shares for Treasury
09/10/201212:49:11British American Tobacco Buys Back 315,000 Shares
09/07/201212:39:08British American Tobacco Buys Back 300,000 Shares
09/06/201212:53:11British American Tobacco Buys Back 220,000 Shares for Treasury/3,232.6771P
09/05/201212:40:04British American Tobacco Buys 300,000 Shares for Treasury/3,221.8702P
09/03/201212:54:15British American Tobacco Buys Back 115,000 Shares For Treasury/3,321.0775P
08/31/201213:01:35British American Tobacco Buys Back 218,517 Shares
08/30/201213:01:52British American Tobacco Buys 200,000 Shares for Cancellation...
08/29/201213:09:49British American Tobacco Buys 250,000 Own Shares to Hold
08/28/201218:34:07Mexican Industry Group Blames Cigarette Contraband on Tax
08/28/201212:55:08British American Tobacco Buys 175,000 shares at 3,292P
08/24/201212:39:23British American Tobacco Buys Back 200,000 Shares
08/23/201212:54:24LONDON MARKETS: FTSE 100 Trades Choppy As Data Disappoint
08/23/201212:52:00British American Tobacco Buys Back 175,000 Shares For Treasury
08/22/201213:35:05British American Tobacco Buys Back 220,000 Shares for Treasury
08/20/201212:56:03British American Tobacco Buys Back 160,000 Shares For Treasury
08/17/201212:34:19British American Tobacco Buys 200,000 Shares for Treasury at...
08/16/201212:47:25British American Tobacco Buys 200,000 Shares for Treasury at...
08/15/201212:59:46British American Tobacco Buys Back 185,000 Shares

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