London Markets: Biggest fall for British stocks since financial crisis as BP drops 20%

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U.K. stocks had their worst battering since the financial crisis on Monday, as oil prices crashed in response to the Saudi Arabia-Russia feud over production.

“Not only is weaker economic activity brought on by the coronavirus outbreak exerting downward pressure on prices, but also the fallout amongst OPEC members particularly Saudi Arabia and Russia has fueled increased concerns about excess supply in the oil market. A double whammy for oil prices,” said economists from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

With Brent crude oil prices BRN00, -22.90% tumbling 20%, the FTSE 100 UKX, -7.03% lost nearly 7%, taking the benchmark to levels last seen when Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016.

On the London Stock Exchange, decliners outnumbered advancers 2502 to 195, and declining volume represented 92% of the total.

BP BP, -20.02%, the oil giant, lost 20%, and Royal Dutch Shell RDSA, -14.09% 14%.

The smaller producers suffered most, with Premier Oil PMO, -50.89% down by over 50%, and Tullow Oil TLW, -26.73% down 24%.

The action outside energy wasn’t much better. Financial adviser Hargreaves Lansdown HL, -11.13% fell 10% and fund manager Schroders SDR, -10.23% dropped 9.5%.