The FTSE 100 index of leading UK shares has started the week up by 22 points in its first hour or so ...
The gains were spread around various sectors, although defensive stocks made up the bulk of best gainers and the losers were weighted towards the tech stocks.
In the gainers camp, Capita Group led by moving up 14p to 443p, Marks&Spencer gained 7.75p to 315p, Smith&Nephew gained 8.75p to 381.75p, Shire Pharmaceutical gained 22p to £10.92 and Lattice gained 3p to 149.5p.
Sage led the loses with a 6p loss to 183p, closely followed by Electrocomponents, down 7p to 418p.
Mining stocks were also caned, as Anglo Ameican lost 14p to 891p, and BHP Billiton down 4.5p to 299.5p.
Invensys was down 0.75p to 53.5p.
The bouyant market followed gains earler today in Japan, where the Nikkei 225 closed up 26.62 points at 10,565,41 points.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was weaker, however closing down 10.33 points at 9,815.51 points on fears over continued weak indicators coming out of the US.
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