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* FTSE 100 down 0.1%, FTSE 250 up 0.3%
* NMC tops main index
* Nichols slumps after profit alert
Dec 23 (Reuters) - A drop in financial stocks led London’s main index away from a near five-month high on Monday and halted its eight-day rally, though NMC Health outperformed after beginning a review of its books following an attack by short-seller Muddy Waters.
The FTSE 100 edged 0.1% lower in holiday-thinned trade, as investors locked in profits from earlier this month. The index had been on its best run since May 2017, gaining nearly 5% in the last two weeks. The FTSE 250 added 0.3%.
NMC, whose shares have nearly halved in value since last week after Muddy Waters criticised the healthcare group’s financials, jumped 8.4% and was on course for its best day since Aug. 22.
AIM-listed Nichols dropped 20%, to its lowest level since Jan. 3, after the Vimto soft drinks maker warned on its 2020 profit. (Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru, editing by Larry King)