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FTSE 100 hits 6-month low on lockdown fears, vaccine uncertainty

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FTSE 100 down 1.5%, FTSE 250 drops 1.3%

Oct 28 (Reuters) - London's FTSE 100 fell to its lowest level in six months on Wednesday as investors took cash off the table on worries of more virus curbs and uncertainty over a coronavirus vaccine, with homebuilders and energy stocks leading the declines.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index .FTSE slipped 1.5%, dragged lower by energy .FTNMX0530, bank .FTNMX8350 and industrial .FTNMX2720 stocks.

The domestically-focussed mid-cap FTSE 250 index .FTMC lost 1.3% after a report said Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being put under pressure for a new lockdown to tackle a swiftly accelerating second wave of COVID-19 infections.

Meanwhile, UK Vaccine Taskforce Chair said on Tuesday that the first generation of vaccines "is likely to be imperfect", a day after a study found that antibodies against the novel coronavirus declined rapidly in the British population during the summer.

Shares of Aston Martin AML.L jumped 15% after the company said Daimler DAIGn.DE unit Mercedes-Benz would lift its stake in the British carmaker to up to 20% by 2023.

(Reporting by Devik Jain in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)

((Devik.Jain@thomsonreuters.com; within U.S. +1 646 223 8780; outside U.S. +91 80 6182 2062; ;))

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