* FTSE 100 down 0.2 pct
* Aberdeen leads emerging market sell-off
* Pearson suffers from downgrades after profit warning
* Index sees support but down 0.9 pct for the week
By Alistair Smout
LONDON, Jan 24 Britain's top share index edged
lower on Friday, steadying after sharp falls in the previous
session but pinned back by falls in emerging market exposed
Aberdeen Asset Management dropped 5.6 percent, the
FTSE 100's top faller, suffering from its heavy exposure
to emerging markets after Argentina's central bank gave up its
battle against the currency's decline, with the Mexican peso and
Asia also suffering.
The FTSE 100 was down 12.67 points, or 0.2 percent, at
6,760.61 by 0858 GMT, building on Thursday's sharp falls, when
emerging market turmoil and disappointing data from the United
States and China saw Britain's main equity index suffer its
biggest one-day fall this year.
"We've got a very light macro calendar, which can be a good
thing. But it does leave the market exposed to the worries that
arose yesterday from emerging markets and their currencies, as
well as Chinese and U.S. data, which stick a spanner in the
works with regards to global growth optimism," Mike van Dulken,
head of research at Accendo Markets, said.
Brewer SABMiller, which has a large exposure to
Latin America, fell 2.1 percent.
It was also a quiet day on the earnings front, with Royal
Mail trading flat after an in-line trading update.
Publisher Pearson dropped 1.8 percent, extending the
previous session's falls after banks cut their target price on
the stock following Thursday's profit warning.
"Although we had weakness on the FTSE yesterday, it is
tempting to say that it is still an orderly decline... but with
corporate earnings coming out as disappointing, it's going to be
hard for equities to make significant progress over the next few
weeks," Jeremy Batstone-Carr, analyst at Charles Stanley, said.
The fall took the index towards the 6,760 level that has
served as support for the index over the last ten days, having
been a resistance level for the first two weeks of the year.
That the FTSE 100 was staying above this level was seen as
broadly positive for the market but, having tested a May 2013
high this week and failed to break through it, analysts thought
prospects for the market looked poor unless it could regain some
of the ground lost so far this week.
The FTSE 100 is down 0.9 percent this week, set for its
steepest loss of the year.
"It's good that we've received support at 6,760, but I'd
like to see a test of 6,800 to show real appetite to rebound,"
Accendo's van Dulken said.