In the UK the FTSE 100 Index has climbed 11 points to 5267.20 points this morning, led by Kelda Group.
The water and environmental group has climbed 23p to 718.5p, after its debut on the exchange yesterday.
Hanson has picked up 13.5p to 572.5p, while business news and information provider, Reuters clawed back some of yesterday's losses, adding 8.75p to 390.5p.
On the losing end, mobile firm O2 is down 3.75p to 139p, with internet search engine Yell, losing 6.5p to 453.5p.
In Tokyo the Nikkei 225 Stock Average added 0.8% to 11,835.08 at its close early this morning, its highest level in four months, led by Advantest.
The maker of equipment used to test memory chips picked up 2.4% to 8,690 yen, after reporting earnings, boosting expectations by analysts for better earnings in the second half.
Nissan also advanced 1.4% to 1,165 yen, after the firm reported an 11% increase in operating profit, bolstered by higher sales and lower purchasing costs. Nissan has also maintained its forecast for record full-year earnings.
Car manufacturer Honda picked up 2% to 5,720 yen, while power tool manufacturer Makita added as much as 6.4% to 2,400 yen, after doubling its first- quarter profit.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 16.71 points to 10579.77 at its close late last night, paced by Du Pont De Nemours.
The chemical and healthcare company has declined $2.89 or 6% to $41.15.
Johnson & Johnson has retreated $0.67 to $62.67.
On the winning side General Motors advanced $1.09 to $36.96, after its financial arm, General Motors Acceptance Corp (GMAC), announced that it intends to sell up to $55bn worth of auto loans to Banc of America (BAC) over the next five years.
Home Depot added $0.63 to $43.69.IFAonline
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