The UK's FTSE 100 Index has climbed 34.2 points to 4767.2 points, buoyed by the Christmas stock cheer in the US.
Amvescap has increased 6.25p to 309p, while old Mutual has also climbed 2.50p to 132.50p.
Reuters is also doing well advancing 6.75p to 375p. The company agreed to buy Moneyline Telerate for $175m in cash and stock to help it offer a bond trading system.
Energy firm United Utilities, meanwhile, has shed 15.50p to 617.50p.
In Tokyo, stocks climbed led by Shin-Etsu Chemical Co.
The Nikkei 225 Stock Average increased 0.8% to 11,209.44, while computer chip related firm, Shin-Etsu added 2.2% to 4,150 yen.
The company said it would increase production of its silicon wafers to 500,000 units a month by the end of 2006 from the 300,000 it supplies currently to Intel.
Tokyo Electron, a manufacturer of semiconductor production equipment, added 0.7% to 6,180 yen.
Chiba Bank also added 1.6% to 646 yen after analysts predicted its share price to rise as high as 790 yen in 12 months from its previous estimate of 710 yen.
Bank of Fukuoka also raised 1.9% to 639 yen.
In the US, the Dow Jones added close to 100 points, reaching a three and a half year high at its close late last night.
The benchmark added 97.83 points to 10759.43 points boosted by computer company Intel adding $0.79 or 3.5% to $23.49 after a stock upgrade.
Caterpillar also added $1.91 to $96.26, while Johnson & Johnson declined $0.12 to $62.95.IFAonline
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