Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) — Swiss Re Ltd., the world's second-biggest reinsurer, fell the most in six months in Zurich trading after Willis Re said reinsurance prices slid by as much as 25 percent in the Jan. 1 renewals round.

Swiss Re declined as much as 2.9 percent to 79.70 Swiss francs, the biggest loss since July 2 and valuing the company at 29.6 billion francs ($32.9 billion). That was the worst performance on the Bloomberg Europe 500 Insurance Index. The shares decreased 2.8 percent by 12:27 p.m.

A "cocktail of converging factors," including too much excess reinsurance capital, has fueled a soft buyers' market with dropping prices, Willis Re, the reinsurance brokerage of Willis Group Holdings Plc, said in an e-mailed report two days ago.

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