Surging COVID-19 cases, U.S.-China tensions keep London stocks muted

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Surging COVID-19 cases, U.S.-China tensions keep London stocks muted
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* FTSE 100 down 0.1%, FTSE 250 off 0.3%

Aug 7 (Reuters) - Trading in London-listed shares was subdued on Friday as rising COVID-19 cases and U.S.-China tensions dented sentiment at the end of a week marked by largely upbeat quarterly earnings and improving economic data.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 .FTSE was down 0.1% but still on course for its first weekly gain in three as investors bet on more stimulus to drive a post-pandemic economic rebound.

The mid-cap FTSE 250 .FTMC dipped 0.3%, with losses in industrial, energy and tech-related stocks offsetting gains for consumer goods, healthcare and utility firms.

Stocks in Asia took a hit earlier in the day as Sino-U.S. tensions escalated with U.S. President Donald Trump banning transactions with two popular Chinese apps, Tencent (HK: 0700 )'s WeChat and ByteDance's Tiktok. MKTS/GLOB

Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc HIK.L jumped 7.4% to the top of the FTSE 100 after raising its annual sales forecast for two of its biggest divisions and reporting higher first-half profit. TP ICAP (LON: NXGN ) Plc TCAPI.L , the world's largest inter-dealer broker, fell 5.4% as it signalled a tepid start to the second half of the year.

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