* Fall in mining stocks take most points off FTSE 100
* Concerns over China economy weigh on mining shares
* FTSE 100 down 0.3 pct
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, May 30 A drop in major mining stocks
dragged down Britain's blue-chip equity index on Friday, marring
the market's attempts to break new ground and hit record highs.
The FTSE 100 index was down 0.3 percent, or 17.82
points, at 6,853.47 going into the close of trading.
Earlier this month it hit 6,894.88 points, its highest level
since December 1999.
Mining stocks such as Anglo American and Rio Tinto
dominated the FTSE's loserboard and took the most points
off the index after new concerns surfaced about China's economy.
China is the world's biggest metals consumer and mining
stocks are particularly sensitive to the state of its economy.
Beaufort Securities sales trader Basil Petrides said weak
iron ore prices .IO62-CNI=SI - currently on a record losing
streak - would also weigh on the mining sector.
"I'm a seller of the miners on rallies. There's a huge
global glut of iron ore in the market," said Petrides.
Graphic on iron ore prices: link.reuters.com/guh32t
The FTSE 100 remains up by around 2 percent since the start
of 2014, but has so far failed to breach the 6,900 point level.
While many traders expect the index to get past this level
and hit 7,000 points, for a record high, later this year, they
see the market flatlining in the near term due to its failure to
break new ground and advance beyond 6,900 points.
"A recent slowdown in trade direction has created a choppy
sideways market, and the FTSE seems to be losing momentum," said
JNF Capital trader Rick Jones.
(Additional reporting by Tricia Wright; Editing by Catherine
Evans and Susan Fenton)