Miners moved north as precious metal prices picked up, though the FTSE 100 was unable to make gains.
But London’s leading equity index was flat at 6,932 as RBS and RCA Insurance weighed.
After climbing early on, shares in RBS (LON:RBS) eventually lost ground and were down 11p to 392p after the state-owned lender reported its seventh consecutive annual loss.
RSA Insurance (LON:RSA) was also at the wrong end, with shares down 14p to 436p despite reporting a profit after tax if £76mln compared to loss net of tax of £338mln a year ago.
It also announced plans to combine its UK and Dutch parent companies in an effort to simplify its corporate structure and "increase transparency" for shareholders.
Mid-capper Domino's Pizza (LON:DOM) shares gained 7% as the firm delivered a tasty set of full-year of numbers, as popular bundle promotions and rising online orders helped the UK’s biggest pizza delivery business.
Ladbrokes (LON:LAD) has revealed plans to cut cost amid falling profits. It is to shut as many as 60 shops in 2015, after 89 sites were closed last year. Investors are still willing to take a gamble, as shares went up 6% to 120p.