September 4, 2014 / 2:49 PM / in 3 years

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

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.

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

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

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