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* FTSE 100, FTSE 250 up 0.1%
* LSE biggest blue-chip loser after HKEX cancels bid
* Recruiting firms slump after weak trading updates
* Sino-U.S. trade talks set for Thursday
Oct 8 (Reuters) - The FTSE 100 gained a bit on Tuesday, with investors hopeful ahead of U.S.-China trade talks later this week, which overshadowed a slump in LSE after the Hong Kong bourse dropped its takeover bid and recruiters fell after weak trading updates.
Ahead of the trade negotiations, corporate news dominated market moves, with LSE LSE.L falling 6% after Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing 0388.HK scrapped its unsolicited $39 billion offer as it failed to convince LSE management. Pagegroup PAGE.L and Robert Walters RWA.L plunged 15% and 10.4%, respectively, after their results revealed that a host of macroeconomic troubles including the U.S.-China trade war, Hong Kong protests and Brexit heavily hindered performance.
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