Updates from Aviva and Balfour Beatty

Adrian Holliday
(FILES): This March 17, 2006 file photo shows the London Stock Exchange logo in London, England.  Merger mania gripped financial markets Wednesday, February 9, 2011 as the London and Toronto stock exchanges announced a tie-up and Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext envisioned the world's largest bourse.   AFP PHOTO / Files / Ben STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES): This March 17, 2006 file photo shows the London Stock Exchange logo in London, England. Merger mania gripped financial markets Wednesday, February 9, 2011 as the London and Toronto stock exchanges announced a tie-up and Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext envisioned the world's largest bourse. AFP PHOTO / Files / Ben STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

The FTSE 100 was pushed down 48 points yesterday to 6,775.3, a 0.71% drop. Admiral Group was the biggest climber yesterday, soaring 7.54% to 1526p following stronger preliminary earnings. Melrose Industries was the biggest loser, slumping 7.78% to 302.40p. Meggitt also took a 3.93% tumble to 486.6p.

The Dow Jones sank 0.22%, down 35 points, to 16,360.1, not helped by losses from Exxon Mobil. %VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%