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U.K. Stocks Slip Ahead Of Holiday; Diageo Shares Hit

Equities in the U.K. slipped Thursday, with Diageo PLC shares souring after a quarterly sales update, and as investors were cautious as violence erupted in Ukraine ahead of a long holiday weekend.The benchmark FTSE 100 index shed 0.2% to 6,569.72, but was still in line for minor rise of 0.1% for the week which will be shortened by the Good Friday holiday. Read: The best stocks to play thriving U.K. economy.Heading into the holiday, talks between Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and the U.S. were being held in Geneva centered on Ukraine's political crisis and tension with Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the Kiev government committed "a serious crime" by sending in troops to stop unrest in Ukraine's eastern region.Three pro-Russian protesters were killed and 13 wounded on Thursday after a clash with Ukrainian authorities at a military installation in the southeastern city of Mariupol.Among individual stocks, Diageo PLC led losses on the FTSE 100. Shares fell ...

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