RBS skidded 7.7 per cent as its new chief exec outlined plans for a largescale overhaul after the mostly stateowned lender reported an £8.2bn loss. Upbeat data on US manufacturing goods' orders however helped the bluechip index.
"The markets have edged higher on positive data from across the pond. US initial jobless disappointed but continuing claims and durable goods have helped sentiment," said
Investors also reacted to positively to Fed chair
Weighing on world stocks was a report from Interfax news agency that Russian aircraft had been put on highalert on the Ukrainian border.
"The involvement of
Capita was the day's top performer, with shares in the outsourcing group surging 6.7 per cent after it posted a 14 per cent rise in annual profit.
The company said it was confident about 2014 after winning £588m worth of new contracts so far this year.
Shares in the world's largest advertiser
"The main reason for the downgrade is that
"While January has started well and the share buyback programme has increased, this does not offset the disappointing message on margin improvement," it said.
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