UPDATE 2-UK blue-chips slip as MGM drops takeover plan for Entain


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    * Entain plunges as MGM abandons takeover plan
    * Hammerson down on low first-quarter rents
    * Superdry tumbles on first-half loss
    * FTSE 100 down 0.1%, FTSE 250 sheds 0.1%

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    By Shivani Kumaresan
    Jan 19 (Reuters) - London's FTSE 100 reversed early gains on
Tuesday, as Ladbrokes owner Entain slumped after U.S. casino
operator MGM opted out of a $11 billion takeover plan, while
miners also dragged. 
    The FTSE 100 index  .FTSE  closed down 0.1%, declining for
the third consecutive session.
    Entain  ENT.L  plunged 11.9% to the bottom of the blue-chip
index after MGM said it would not submit a revised proposal or
make a firm offer for Entain, which had said the approach
announced two weeks ago significantly undervalued its business.
    Miners dragged even as Rio Tinto  RIO.L  - the world's
biggest iron ore producer - reported a 2.4% rise in
fourth-quarter iron ore shipments, helped by industrial activity
in China.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2JT1SH
    Rio's shares fell 1.0%, while Anglo American  AAL.L  and
Glencore  GLEN.L  dropped more than 1%. 
    "Today is an example of a period which we are in right now -
which is very much a consolidatory phase," said Craig Erlam, an
analyst at OANDA.
    "In the coming days, we will learn a lot about how impactful
the new U.S. administration will be, with the slimmest of
majority in the Senate."     
    The FTSE 100 tumbled 14.3% in 2020, its worst performance
since the 2008 financial crisis and underperforming its European
peers by a wide margin, as pandemic-driven lockdowns battered
the economy and led to mass layoffs.
    Britain reported a record number of deaths from COVID-19
today with 1,610 people dying within 28 days of positive
coronavirus test, exceeding the previous peak set last week.
    The mid-cap index  .FTMC  lost 0.1%, with real estate and
consumer stocks being the biggest drag on the index.
    In other company news, shopping centre operator Hammerson
Plc  HMSO.L  fell 2.1% after receiving less than half of the
rents due for the first quarter as stricter COVID-19
restrictions aggravated conditions in Britain's high streets and
rest of Europe.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N2JU1SY
    OXO cube maker Premier Foods  PFD.L  fell 4.8% despite a 90%
jump in the third-quarter online sales, while British fashion
group Superdry  SDRY.L  lost 16.3% after reporting a big drop in
sales in the Christmas quarter.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N2JU1Q5  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N2JU178

 (Reporting by Shivani Kumaresan in Bengaluru; Editing by
Subhranshu Sahu, Shailesh Kuber and Alexandra Hudson)
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