UPDATE 2-London stocks end lower as weak earnings weigh
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* Rolls-Royce hits more than three-week low after underlying loss
* U.S. Fed sets average inflation target
* Ad firm WPP jumps on resuming dividend
* OneSavings Bank tops mid-cap index after results
* FTSE 100 down 0.8%, FTSE 250 down 0.1% (Updates prices to close, adds comments)
By Sagarika Jaisinghani and Shreyashi Sanyal
Aug 27 (Reuters) - London stocks ended Thursday on the back foot as earning updates from firms like Rolls-Royce underlined the extent of corporate damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, while Federal Reserve Chief Jerome Powell's speech brought few surprises.
The blue-chip FTSE 100 .FTSE fell 0.8%, with banks .FTNMX8350 , mining companies .FTNMX1770 and energy stocks .FTNMX0530 leading the declines.
Rolls-Royce RR.L slipped 1.2% to a more than three-week low after sinking to a first-half underlying loss before tax of 3.2 billion pounds ($4.2 billion). The wider aero and defence index .FTNMX2710 lost 0.4%. Fed rolled out an aggressive new strategy to restore the United States to full employment and lift inflation back to healthier levels in a world where weak inflation, low interest rates, and slow growth appear here to stay. that the speech was pretty surprise free, Powell saving plenty for September's official Fed meeting. And while this didn't do anything for the wider markets, the US indices celebrated his statement," said Connor Campbell, financial analyst at SpreadEx.
Trillions of dollars in stimulus has sent global equity benchmarks back to their pre-pandemic highs, but the UK's FTSE 100 is still about 21% below that level as the economy struggles to recover from a record crash in the second quarter.
Data on Thursday showed British car production rose sharply in July but is still well below last year's level, while another set of figures showed firms in the services industry cut jobs rapidly in the three months to August to ride out the pandemic. mid-cap FTSE 250 .FTMC edged 0.1% lower but most of its declines were contained as specialist mortgage lender OneSavings Bank OSBO.L surged 15.7% on reporting a 2% rise in its underlying net loan book. Plc HAYS.L , one of the world's biggest recruitment agencies fell 0.4% as it posted a 12% fall in annual net fees, while advertising company WPP WPP.L rose 6.5% as it resumed its dividend after beating dire forecasts for second-quarter trading.
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