In the UK the FTSE climbed 17.50 points to 5287.80 shortly before its close, led by AstraZeneca.
The Pharmaceuticals firm added 95p or 4%, to 2575p, after raising its guidance for full-year earnings by 17% as a result of a 50% increase in quarterly profit, while analysts raised its stock rating.
British American Tobacco is also 39p higher to 1135p, after posting a 37% increase in its quarterly earnings.
The shares in Royal Dutch Shell have climbed 51p to 1810p for its "B" ordinary shares, with it’s a shares climbing 45p to 1753p, amid rising crude oil prices.
On the losing end, engine maker Rolls Royce has shed 7.5p to 334.5p.
In the US the Dow Jones has shed 30 points to 10676.50 in its morning session, led by Caterpillar.
In a complete turnaround from yesterday, the heavy machinery manufacturer has lost $0.75 to $53.70, despite reporting a 23% increase in net income.
Home Depot has retreated $0.50 to $43.37. The home improvements retailer is receiving criticism over a draft environmental study for a proposal to build a 129,000 square-foot store on county-owned land in San Francisco.
On the other end of the table, fast food chain McDonalds has climbed $0.54 to $30.82.IFAonline
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