The FTSE 100 is up this morning as the mortgage sector posts some kind early gains, the index currently sits 51.5 points higher, or 0.77%, to 6448.4.
Northern Rock is expectedly posting the best results, as it announced last night it was in preliminary discussions with prospective parties. The beleaguered lender is currently on 179.7, a jump of 16.6 points, or 10.18%.
Invesco and Smiths Group are also doing well, up 6.10 to 669.5 and 4.61% to 1112 respectively.
A gloomy outlook for UK electronic retailers has smashed DSG International this morning, it is down 7.6 points, or 5.63%, to 127.3.
In New York, Wall Street closed slightly ahead as weak profit reports and low sentiment filtered through.
The Dow Jones closed 19.59 points higher, or 0.14%, to 13778.65.
Honeywell International is forecasting a higher demand for its business jets over the next decade, lifting its share price to 59.09, up 1.08 points or 1.86%.
Boeing also enjoyed a day for the aviation sector, up 1.88 points, or 1.82%, to 104.93; while Microsoft clocked a 0.48 point gain, or 1.65%, to 29.56.
Home Depot and Wal-Mart struggled, the retailers fell 2.36% to 33.08 and 1.84% to 43.16 respectively.
In Tokyo, the Japanese trade surplus tripled in August, driving the Nikkei up 34.01 points, or 0.21%, to 16,435.74.
Dowa Holdings, the nonferrous metal manufacturer had the best day, closing up 102 points, or 7.32%, to 1,495.
Mitsubishi Ufj and Gs Yuasa Corp also had a good day, up 6.12% to 208 and 5.71% to 259.
Kajima Corp lost the most ground, the civil engineering developer fell 30 points, or 7.58%, to 366.
Inpex Holdings dropped the most in five weeks after oil prices dipped to under $80 a barrel; it closed the day 70,000 points down, or 5.83%, to 1,130,000.
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