Insurance firm RSA topped the blue-chip risers' board yesterday after broker UBS added the shares to its "most preferred" list.The beleaguered stock, which lost a quarter of its value in the past two months, was more than 6 per cent higher as there was also speculation that a review of its Irish operations due on Thursday will be relatively positive. Eamonn Flanagan , an analyst at Shore Capital , said: "It is the outcome of that review that will dictate the stock performance."For now, we reiterate our 'hold' recommendation but do suspect that group's prospects and self-help options are healthier than the doomsters in the market may believe."RSA shares gained 5.75p at 97.9p, on a day when the wider FTSE 100 failed to make headway. The index closed just a fraction of a point higher at 6,730.73.The heaviest fallers were the miners, rattled by the latest lacklustre figures to come out of China . Antofagasta and Fresnillo were both down more than 4 per cent, at 787p and 735.5p respectively.Security giant G4S was also lower, falling 5.5p to 254.7p, following news of an "incident" at a prison it runs. The company said the incident at Oakwood prison had been "resolved successfully" but gave no details.Some retailers were under pressure over their Christmas results. Marks & Spencer's shares declined 3.7p to 440.3p amid talk that clothing and homewares sales dropped over the festive trading quarter in spite of heavy discounting.And Sainsbury's, which publishes third-quarter figures tomorrow, is expected to lose its record for underlying sales increases, with analysts pencilling in a decline after 35 quarters of growth in a row. Its shares slipped 6.2p to 367.8p.NEW YORK: On Wall Street , stocks ended lower last night after a mixed batch of economic reports, which showed a slowdown in growth in the US services sector and a rebound in new orders for factory goods.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 44.89 points or 0.27 per cent, to end the day at 16,425.10 while the broader Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 4.60 points or 0.25 per cent, finishing at 1,826.77. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 18.226 points or 0.44 per cent, to close at 4,113.681.
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