The FTSE 100 index has started well again this morning adding 5.6 points to 4736.70 points.
Antofagasta, the operator of three copper mines in Chile leads the mornings gains adding 23p to 1102p.
British Airways has also started well adding 3.25p to 224.25p, while Sainsbury has increased 3.50p to 269.50p.
Hays, the recruitment operation, leads the drop, shedding 2.50p to 118.75p.
After making good gains yesterday, tobacco firms face a tense day on the market, as firms' advertisements will be restricted, under new UK rules aimed at discouraging people from smoking.
Cigarettes and other tobacco product manufacturers are only able to advertise in stores, pubs and clubs, and from today, the ads are to be no bigger than a paperback book, while 30% of the space must be taken up for a health warning.
Imperial Tobacco Group has shed 23p to 1407p, while British American Tobacco has lost 7p to 883p.
Smith & Nephew has fallen 6p to 517p after saying it will take a pretax charge of about £80m to cover a recall of faulty replacement knees, after two insurers declined to cover the surgery.
In Japan, The Nikkei 225 Stock Average added 0.2% to 11,125.92, its highest level since mid November, lifted by an increase in bank stocks.
Japanese banks are expanding in consumer finance and fund management as a result of lowered government restrictions on their business.
Shinsei Bank gained 2.4% to 685 yen, after reporting a net income of 40.8bn yen in the six months ended 30 September from 34bn yen last year.
Mizuho Financial Group increased 2.6% to 478,000 yen, its highest mark since 1 July. In March, the company purchased the brokerage arm of Norinchukin Bank, the main lender to Japan's agricultural industry.
UFJ Holdings also lifted 2.5% to 573,000 yen.
Automakers also profited at close early this morning, with Toyota Motor Corp adding 0.5% to 4,040 yen after announcing that it expects group vehicle sales to increase by 7% next year to a record.
Honda Motor gained 1.2% to 5,280 yen saying it expected a 3.4 million vehicle sales rise in 2005.
In the US, the Dow Jones, after a good start, eased up slightly to close 11.68 points higher to 10661.60 points late last night.
Exxon Mobil Group adding $1.26 to $51.06 boosted trading.
General Motors also added $0.26 to $38.91.
Johnson & Johnson shed $0.51 to $63.07.IFAonline
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