The FTSE 100 is up 7 points, or 0.11%, 6,191.8, as lower oil prices and in-favour finance stocks are boosting buyers.
Miner Rio Tinto is posting the biggest gains so far with a rise of 1.68% to £29.06, after it announced it is increasing its buyback programme to $7bn from $4bn for 2006 and 2007.
Man Group is also up 1.61% to 489.75p, closely followed by cruise operator Carnival which has climbed 1.48% to £26.03, while Vodafone has added 1.32% to 134.5p and miner Lonmin has gained 1.29% to £29.05.
On the downside WPP is the biggest drag on the index with a drop of 3.77% to 663p, closely followed by GlaxoSmithKline which has slipped 2.21% to £14.19, while AstraZeneca has fallen 1.13% to £32.25.
In Japan the Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 142.53, or 0.9%, to 16,669.07 after consumer price gains slowed in September, threatening to delay an interest rate increase which would allow lenders to charge more for loans.
Mitsubishi UFJ, the nation's largest lender, dropped 20,000 yen, or 1.3%, to 1.51 million, while Mizuho Financial Group, the second largest, lost 18,000 yen, or 1.9%, to 937,000, while Resona Holdings, the fourth biggest, declined 3,000 yen, or 0.8%, to 367,000.
Elsewhere Matsushita, the world's biggest consumer electronics maker, lost 45 yen, or 1.8%, to 2,530, while Fanuc, the world's biggest factory robot maker, fell 100 yen, or 1%, to 9,470, and Ricoh, Japan's third-biggest colour laser printer maker, dropped 75 yen, or 3%, to 2,415.
Nissan, Japan's second-largest carmaker, jumped 35 yen, or 2.5%, to 1,424, after reporting an unexpected 31% jump in second- quarter profit to 164 billion yen, while Sony, the maker of the PSP portable game console, rose 60 yen, or 1.2%, to 4,880.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 28.98 points, or 0.24%, 12,163.66, to finish at yet another record high.
Disney posted the biggest gains with a rise of 2.5% to $31.98, closely followed by Home Depot which added 2.13% to $37.38, while Wal-Mart stores climbed 1.77% $51.75, and American Express gained 1.69% to $57.82.
American International Group also gained 1.42% to $67.78, although gains were limited by Pfizer which slipped 0.55% to $27.28, while Altria Group also ended the day poorly with a drop of 0.65% to $81.57.
Boeing was the biggest drag on the index with a drop of 2.13% to $79.14, closely followed by General Motors which slipped 1.01% to $34.36, while Alcoa declined 0.58% to $27.61.IFAonline
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