In the UK the FTSE 100 Index has reached 5377.50 points at its close today, after adding a further 13.80 points, led by Man Group.
The futures broker advanced 61p to 1,687p, after reporting a 1% increase in the value of its key AHL fund.
Retailer Kingfisher picked up 8.25p to 254p on further reports of a takeover, fuelled by the purchase of shares in the company by US investor Berkshire Hathaway.
Hotel chain Hilton Group climbed 9.50p to 307.25p.
Lloyds TSB meanwhile declined 8.75p to 474p after analysts downgraded the bank's stock to 'underweight' from 'neutral'.
Financial news service provider Reuters retreated 4p to 366p along with Emap - down 8.50p to 835p. The latter completed the £155m sale of Score Press, a division of Scottish Radio Holdings.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average index has added about 85 points to 10,701.02 points in its morning session, led by Home Depot.
The DIY chain has picked up $1.02 to $42.38. Yesterday it announced the sale of $1bn in debt securities to finance its acquisition of National Waterworks - announced last month.
Construction equipment maker Caterpillar has added $1.14 to $55.48.
Disney shares have receded, down $0.46 to $25.68 after topping gainers yesterday as a judge ruled the Disney board had not breached its fiduciary duties in hiring and then sacking former president Michael Ovitz, giving him a $140m payout.IFAonline
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