FTSE 100 dips ahead of U.S. jobs data, AJ Bell helps midcaps cut losses

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      FTSE 100 down 0.5%, FTSE 250 off 0.1%
    

  
       Dec 2 (Reuters) - London's FTSE 100 slipped on Friday
ahead of key U.S. jobs data, with energy stocks leading the
decline, while AJ Bell helped the mid-cap index limit its losses
after an analyst upgrade.
    The blue-chip FTSE 100 index  .FTSE  shed 0.5% but was set
for a third straight weekly gain, while the FTSE 250  .FTMC 
dipped 0.1% by 0821 GMT.
    AJ Bell  AJBA.L  jumped 7.5% to the top of the mid-cap index
after Jefferies raised its rating for the investment platform to
"buy" from "hold" following upbeat earnings.
    Heavyweight energy stocks  .FTNMX601010  lost 1.7% to lead
sectoral falls on mixed crude oil prices.  O/R 
    All eyes are on the U.S. employment data, due later in the
day, which will likely show job growth at its smallest in nearly
two years in November as mounting worries of a recession cooled
demand for labour.
 (Reporting by Shashwat Chauhan in Bengaluru; Editing by
Subhranshu Sahu)
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