London Markets: U.K. stocks slip for first time in three sessions

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A woman, wearing a protective face mask, walks in front of the Bank of England

U.K. stocks slipped on Thursday for the first time in three sessions, after a big early surge from correctly anticipating the U.S. Senate would act to cushion the world’s largest economy.

Up 13.9% over the previous two sessions, the FTSE 100 UKX, -2.12%  dropped 2%.

Decliners included Royal Dutch Shell RDSA, -5.85%  , which fell nearly 6%, and cruise operator Carnival CCL, -6.96%  , which dropped over 7%.

The U.S. Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill, with legislation moving to the House of Representatives where it’s expected to be passed on Friday by a voice vote.

Initial U.S. jobless claims spiked to a record high of 3.3 million, the Labor Department announced.

The Bank of England said it would consider expanding asset purchases if necessary following a decision to hold interest rates at 0.1% and keep the bond-buying program at £200 billion.

The pound GBPUSD, +0.9091%  rose to $1.1961 from $1.1880, while the yield on the 10-year TMBMKGB-10Y, -11.73%  fell 5 basis points to 0.39%.

British Land BLND, -5.55%  slumped 5%. The real-estate company said it would offer customers rent deferrals as it scrapped its upcoming dividend.

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