UPDATE 1-FTSE edges up after Yellen, US data; RBS slumps

jueves 27 de febrero de 2014 13:01 GYT

* FTSE 100 closes up 0.2 pct

* RBS day's worst performer

* U.S. data help pare losses

* Capita among companies to report good results

By Joshua Franklin

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Britain's top share index edged up on Thursday, lifted by positive U.S. data and assurances from Fed chair Janet Yellen, despite a sharp sell-off in Royal Bank of Scotland and increasing tension over Ukraine.

Royal Bank of Scotland skidded 7.7 percent after its new chief executive outlined plans for a large-scale overhaul after the mostly state-owned lender reported an 8.2 billion pound ($13.64 billion) loss.

Upbeat data on U.S. manufacturing goods' orders however helped the blue-chip index.

"The markets have edged higher on positive data from across the pond. U.S. initial jobless disappointed but continuing claims and durable goods have helped sentiment," said Amrit Panesar, senior trader at Accendo Markets.   Continuación...