August 2, 2019 / 7:35 AM / 3 months ago

FTSE 100 tumbles after Trump's latest tariff threat

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* FTSE 100 down 1.5%, FTSE 250 down 0.9%

* Banks, miners, oil majors biggest drags

* RBS drops after warning on outlook

* British Airways owner IAG gains on profit beat

Aug 2 (Reuters) - London’s blue-chip index plunged to its lowest in a month on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to hit China with more trade tariffs.

The FTSE 100 index slumped 1.5% by 0711 GMT and was on course for its worst day in more than two months, while the FTSE 250 midcap index weakened by 0.9%.

All of the major constituent sectors on both indexes were in the negative territory in early deals.

Asia-focussed bank stocks, including HSBC, oil majors Shell and BP and miners led losses on the main index after Trump vowed to impose a 10% tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports from Sept. 1.

Industrials Melrose and Ashtead, typically more exposed to global trade conditions, slumped 7.6% and 5%, respectively.

Among results-driven moves, Royal Bank of Scotland dropped 5% as it warned on its targets amid Brexit uncertainties, while British Airways owner IAG rose 3% after reporting a better-than-expected profit for the first half of its key summer period. (Reporting by Muvija M and Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva)

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