Updates from Anglo American, Heinz and Virgin Media

The FTSE 100 slipped almost 32 points yesterday to 6,327.3.The biggest faller was Amec, which saw its shares hit -7.30%. Rolls-Royce was the biggest riser, up +3.30%.

Overnight in Asia, most major markets trod water though the Japanese Nikkei dropped markedly, down -1.18% as the yen upped strength.

Anglo American full numbers is the big news this morning with the mining giant's numbers driven lower from weak global economic conditions. Underlying operating profits for the year are slashed to $6.2bn, a drop of 44% for the company.

On an underlying basis, Anglo earnings hit $2.84 billion, or $2.26 per share. Anglo says the final dividend is upped 15% to 53 cents per share; total dividends for 2012 climb to 85 US cents per share, a 15% rise.

"While European and Japanese economic activity remains weak," Cynthia Carroll chief exec says, "recent policy changes ought to stimulate growth in 2013. Alongside a continuing recovery in the US, we expect robust growth in the major emerging economies - especially China and India."

Next, Heinz. US billionaire Warren Buffett looks set to snap up the food titan in a deal worth around £18bn. Heinz shares have edged higher, now close to the $72.50 price being offered by Buffett - almost +20% up.

The sale will part-go through Buffett's 3G private equity firm, which also owns the fast-food chain Burger King. The deal is being split two ways with Buffett's company Berkshire Hathaway taking a 50% stake and 3G the other 50% stake. But it will add to Heinz's debt load considerably.

"The Heinz brand is one of the most respected brands in the global food industry and this historic transaction provides tremendous value to Heinz shareholders," Heinz chairman, president and chief executive William Johnson said in a statement.

Finally, it appears that the chief exec of pay-TV operator Virgin Media, Neil Berkett plus other board members could be sued following the £15bn sale to US cable player Liberty Global.

It's alleged that Virgin directors did not exercise their "fiduciary duties" with the sale. The claim is that the Virgin directors took the Liberty bid without looking for better offers elsewhere.

The Telegraph reports that investor Jeff Grimsley has failed a complaint in a US court, alleging the process was unfair.