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* FTSE 100 down 1.2%, FTSE 250 drops 1.1%
April 3 (Reuters) - UK's FTSE 100 fell on Friday as oil stocks retreated after a strong showing in the previous session, while insurers tumbled after their European Union counterparts were asked to suspend dividend payments to weather the economic hit from the coronavirus crisis.
The blue-chip index fell 1.2% by 0817 GMT, with shares in Legal & General, Aviva and Prudential falling between 2.6% and 6% after the EU regulator asked insurers and reinsurers to temporarily suspend dividends and share buybacks.
Shares in BP and Royal Dutch Shell fell about 3%, with oil prices flat amid doubts over whether a deal to call off the Saudi-Russian price war would go ahead if the U.S. does not scale back output.
The domestically focused midcap index dropped 1.1%. Both the major indexes are on course to log weekly losses as data from across the world confirmed investor fears of a sharp economic slump driven by the pandemic.
After Thursday's numbers showed another record surge in U.S. weekly jobless claims, investors are now waiting for data on European services sector activity for March.
Defence company BAE Systems dropped 2.1% on deferring a decision on whether to pay its dividend and said it had launched cost control measures after seeing significant disruption. (Reporting by Devik Jain and Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru, Bernard Orr)