LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index fell on Thursday as investors used renewed tensions in U.S. budget talks as an excuse to lock in profits.
The FTSE 100 <.FTSE> was down 5.01 points, or 0.1 percent, at 5,956.58 by 3.06 a.m. ET, having closed up 25.69 points, or 0.4 percent, at 5,961.59 on Wednesday, scaling fresh nine-month highs.
Sentiment towards riskier assets turned negative overnight, hurting U.S. shares <.SPX>, while mining stocks <.FTNMX1770> and banks <.FTNMX8350> were pressured on Thursday as talks to avoid a "fiscal cliff" of planned tax hikes and spending cuts in the United States stumbled yet again.
(Reporting by Tricia Wright; editing by Simon Jessop)
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