* FTSE 100 ends down, rises in April for record 11th month
* Mining stocks keep falling alongside metals prices
* Selling pressure before central bank meetings
* BP provides support after beating profit target by $1 bln
By Alistair Smout
LONDON, April 30 Britain's leading share index
fell on Tuesday after weaker-than-expected U.S. data hit
growth-sensitive stocks, managing nevertheless to score its
longest run of monthly gains.
The FTSE 100 ended 27.9 points, or 0.4 percent, down
at 6,427.52, showing a 0.3 percent gain for April and taking its
winning streak to 11 months versus 10 consecutive monthly gains
in 1996/97 and 1986/87.
"Investors are being cautious ahead of interest-rate
decisions from U.S. Federal Reserve and the ECB," Myrto Sokou,
analyst at Sucden Financial Private Clients, said, referring to
central bank meetings on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
"In the meantime people are locking in gains, and it makes
absolute sense to see some consolidation," he said.
Mining stocks - down 17 percent on the year
against a FTSE 100 rise of 9 percent - accounted for nearly half
the index's fall, losing 2.4 percent in line with metal prices.
Lending support were expectation-beating results, including
Lloyds and BP. BP's 2.1 percent rise added 7.2
points to the index after profits topped forecasts by $1 billion
in the first quarter, helped by two new oilfields and a strong
performance from its trading division.
The FTSE 100 last week scored its biggest five-day gain
since the first week of the year, carrying it to within 1
percent of five-year highs hit at the beginning of March.
Tuesday's loss left the main index comfortably inside its
recent 300-point range between 6,500 and 6,200, that has
prevailed since the middle of January.
Sucden's Sokou said that a rate cut could see the FTSE
challenge resistance at the top end of that range.
(Editing by Louise Ireland)