Updates from AMEC, Smiths Group and PZ Cussons

Adrian Holliday

More downwards drift for the FTSE 100; it slipped -0.43% yesterday to 5,868 points with Aviva the biggest loser, down -3.9% while British American Tobacco saw a +2.8% rise.

In Asia, the Bank of Japan surprised markets with a $126 billion stimulus package, boosting stocks. The Nikkei ended +1.7% higher while the Hang Seng climbed +1.1%.