BP shares hit by report of adverse ruling on 2010 oil spill

LONDON Thu Sep 4, 2014 10:46am EDT

Signage for a BP petrol station is pictured in London July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Signage for a BP petrol station is pictured in London July 29, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

LONDON (Reuters) - Shares in BP (BP.L) fell sharply on Thursday after a judge in the United States said the oil major had been negligent in events leading up to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP shares were down by 4.4 percent at 462.45 pence by 1435 GMT (10.45 a.m. EDT). BP declined to comment on the report.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Karolin Schaps; editing by Kate Holton)