U.K. Stocks Slide to March Low as Rio Tinto, AstraZeneca Retreat

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U.K. stocks fell for a fourth session, as commodity shares weighed on the FTSE 100 Index.

Anglo American Plc and Rio Tinto Plc fell after Societe Generale SA cut its rating of both miners to hold from buy. AstraZeneca Plc fell 2 percent after Citigroup Inc. said the drugmaker’s diabetes franchise faces more competition.

Reed Elsevier Plc added 1.4 percent after Barclays Plc raised the shares to overweight, the equivalent of a buy rating, from equal weight.

The FTSE 100 Index slipped 0.5 percent to 6,753.8 at the close in London, the lowest level since March 13. The broader FTSE All-Share Index lost 0.5 percent, and Ireland’s ISEQ Index dropped 0.4 percent.

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