The FTSE is trading slightly lower this morning, losing 9.80 points to 5,040.60 points, led by Hanson.
The construction and building materials firm has retreated 7.50p to 531.50p, along with British Airways and Rolls Royce Group, respectively down 3.25p to 277.50p and 289.50p.
ITV meanwhile has added 1.50p to 117.25p, with Lloyds TSB advancing 5.50p to 468.50p.
In Tokyo the Nikkei 225 Stock Average advanced to its highest mark since April, led by exporters including Sony and Honda, as the yen retreated against the dollar.
The Nikkei added 0.2% to 11,335.92, while Sony advanced 0.8% to 3,920 yen.
Car manufacturer Honda, picked up 0.9% to 5,420 yen. The company received in excess of 75% of its sales in North America last year.
A further exporter, Nintendo, the handheld game console maker, climbed 0.8% to 11,340 yen.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average moved 9.93 points higher to 10,522.56 points at its close late last night, led by Hewlett-Packard.
The computer firm picked up $0.47 to $23.89, after announcing it had separated its personal-computer and printing units five months after combining the businesses.
Hewlett-Packard has also appointed PalmOne's former CEO, Todd Bradley, as head of PCs.
SBC Communications, an online provider of long distance, DSL internet services, and phone and data products, also added $0.28 to $23.91.
On the losing end, McDonalds is down $0.42 to $29.11, along with Du Pont De Numours, down $0.39 to $46.86.IFAonline
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