UPDATE 2-FTSE 100 clocks worst week in a year as bank rout fears linger


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      BT Group falls on delayed pricing decision

      Precious metal miners rise tracking higher gold prices

      Banks slide as fears of a crisis regain traction

      FTSE 100 down 1%, FTSE 250 off 1.5%

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    By Shashwat Chauhan and Shristi  Achar A
       March 17 (Reuters) - London shares fell on Friday, reversing gains made
earlier in the day, dragged by financial stocks as fears of banking crisis
resurfaced, while shares of telecom firm BT Group slid on delayed pricing
    The blue-chip FTSE 100  .FTSE  ended 1% lower, while the mid-cap FTSE 250
 .FTMC  lost 1.5%. 
        British banks  .FTNMX301010  fell 2.6%, with major lenders including
Barclays  BARC.L , HSBC holdings  HSBA.L  and Standard Chartered  STAN.L  down
between 1.9% and 2.8%. 
        Banking crisis fears persisted even after major U.S. banks on Thursday
offered a $30 billion lifeline for beleaguered First Republic Bank  FRC.N ,
while Credit Suisse  CSGN.S  also received an emergency liquidity line from the
Swiss central bank.
        "The market has been flip-flopping over these bank stories about whether
there can be risk of contagion from SVB or Credit Suisse," said Giles Coghlan,
chief market analyst at HYCM. 
        "They (markets) are still concerned that there's going to be further
defaults from some other unknown source." 
    The internationally-focussed FTSE 100 posted its worst weekly performance of
down 5.3% in a year as fears of a global banking crisis rattled markets,
following the collapse of two U.S. lenders, with troubles at Swiss lender Credit
Suisse only compounding concerns. 
        The only bright sport on the index were precious metal miners
 .FTNMX551030 , up 1.8% tracking the raise in gold prices, with the yellow-metal
being a safe-haven investment.
        Investor focus now shifts to interest rate decisions from the Bank of
England (BoE) and Federal Reserve next week, in light of the European Central
Bank raising its interest rate by a hefty 50-basis points on Thursday. 
    Money markets see a 56% chance that the BoE will leave its interest rates
unchanged, while the rest see the probability of a 25-basis-point hike.
    Among single stocks, Bodycote  BOY.L  jumped 5.8% after the thermal
processing service provider reported higher full-year revenue.
       British telecom firm BT Group  BT.L  lost 6.1% after the UK's telecoms
regulator Ofcom said it would need more time to consider BT's wholesale pricing.

 (Reporting by Shashwat Chauhan and Shristi Achar A in Bengaluru; Editing by
Savio D'Souza, Shailesh Kuber and Nick Zieminski)
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