The FTSE 100 has ended the day slightly higher with a small rise of 2.4 points, or 0.04%, to 6,129.2, following a weak energy sector.
Friends Provident posted the biggest gains with a rise of 6.7% to 207p, as sales in the last three months beat expectations with a 40% rise to £1.60bn, up from £1.14bn a year ago.
Miners also performed well with Lonmin up 2.4% to £29.02, closely followed by Vedanta Resources which gained 2.09% to £14.62, while Smiths Group climbed 2.16% to 946p, and ICAP rose 2.11% to 509p.
AstraZeneca was the biggest drag on the index with a fall of 1.68% to £30.98, closely followed by Cairn Energy which also slipped 1.68% to £17.55, while BP fell 1.44% to 583p, and BG Group dropped 1.21% to 695.5p.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 7.84 points, or 0.06%, to 12,094.34, despite a weaker than expected consumer confidence report.
Alcoa is posting the biggest gains with a rise of 2.23% to $28.89, closely followed by JP Morgan Chase which is up 1.26% to $48.05, while General Motors has also climbed 1.19% to $34.94.
Microsoft is also up 0.88% to $28.79, closely followed by United Technologies which has gained 0.78% to $66.03, although gains are being limited by Du Pont which is down 0.57% to $45.59.
Drug company Pfizer is the biggest drag on the index with a drop of 2.39% to $26.55, closely followed by Verizon Communications which has slipped 2.36% to $36.76, while Disney has fallen 0.88% to $31.58.IFAonline
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