When Mark Wilson was hired to run Aviva after a shareholder revolt over executive pay and poor performance forced out his predecessor, the insurance group was looking vulnerable to a low-ball takeover bid.
Prices also won support after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi signalled readiness to act quickly to deter deflation, sparking fresh stimulus hopes.
LONDON: Britain's public finances improved slightly in October but finance minister George Osborne is still unlikely to meet his budget goals before next year's general election.
A man stands outside a building as people use Intesa Sanpaolo automated teller machines (ATMs) in Milan. Photo: Reuters. mail · print.
Shares have a solid lead from overseas after China cuts interest rates and the ECB promises more support, while the price of iron ore slid again.