The FTSE-100 index of leading shares closed up 67 points at 4,763 after a day when the market first t...
Among the winners was British Airways, which surged 9.5p to 175p after the company unveiled further cuts to routes in response to the downturn in demand for air travel.
The company will close down all of its Atlantic routes flying to and from Gatwick, which instead will become a point-to-point airport for flights to, mainly, European destinations.
Fresh demand for shares in services providers Compass Group and Hays pushed the services sector up.
There was also surging demand for Rentokil, up 2p to 243.5p, after investors started running towards companies providing security services.
Non-FTSE stocks Chubb and Securicor were also affected, although the latter fell on a negative earnings outlook in a new note from ABN Amro even though the broker retained its 'buy' recommendation.
Firing less well was the telecoms sector, where BT, Vodafone and Cable&Wireless continued to suffer the after effects of regulator Oftel's decision yesterday to reduce termination fees for calls from fixed-line phones to mobile phones.
BT lost 28.5p to 337.5p, Vodafone lost 2.75p to 143.75 and Cable&Wireless lost 5.5p to 268p.
BT's situation was made worse by the announcement that US carrier AT&T is thinking about merging with US regional carrier BellSouth, which would put in doubt BT's plans for Concert, its joint venture with AT&T for transAtlantic telecoms services.
Energis made gains today on the back of bullish earnings forecasts, but, alas the company was dumped from the FTSE-100 following the FTSE review earlier this month.
Software stocks Logica and Sage were losers following losses on Nasdaq after US markets opened.
US unemployment figures out this morning showed the biggest jump for 9 years, affecting investor sentiment amid repercussions from 11 September, and these pushed Nasdaq down 32 points to 1,431.
Nasdaq also relaxed its listing rules today in response to what it called "extraordinary market circumstances".
This means that companies threatened with delisting because their share prices are too low will now be given more time to show an improvement before the market will consider them for delisting.
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