Global growth fears sent U.K. stocks lower on Thursday with the mining sector retreating sharply.
The FTSE 100
dropped 1.8%, with miners including Anglo American
sliding by at least 3.5%. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average
fell over 500 points.
Banks including Barclays
It was the first opportunity for overseas investors to react to the latest minutes coming from the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee, which showed division on the timing for reducing the rate of bond purchases.
The spread of coronavirus due to the new delta strain was also a worry, with Tokyo put in a state of emergency that will last the duration of the Olympic games.
the operator of Ladbrokes and PartyPoker, was one of the few stocks rising, adding 0.3% after saying full-year earnings will top consensus expectations and announcing investment in exclusive content. Total net gaming revenue surged 42% in the second quarter.