The FTSE 100 index is currently down about 1 point to 4,428 after the UK stockmarket commenced trading on a mixed note.
Reuters rose 8p to 367p after it bought the remaining 50% of Icor Brokerage Ltd. to boost its electronic-broking services for treasury markets.
Kingfisher, the world's third-largest home-improvement retailer, fell 11.25p to 288.5p despite reporting fiscal full-year net income increased 35% from the year-earlier period to £229.6m.
Lloyds TSB, the UK's fifth-largest bank by assets, lost 18.25p to 414.75p.
Abbey National shed 15p to 439p after Goldman Sachs cut its forecast of the company's 2004 earnings by 19% to 23.8 pence a share.
In Asia, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index gained 194.57 points to 11,436.86 earlier today, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 43.10 points to 12,975.72.
Across the Atlantic, trading ended up yesterday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average index rose 81.78 points to 10,184.67.
The S&P 500 index closed up 6.21 points at 1,110.70, and Nasdaq's Composite index closed up 3.89 points at 1,943.09.IFAonline
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