The FTSE 100 closed up 23.30 points today to 4,517.40 after UK stocks advanced, led by ITV and Prudential.
ITV shares rose 3.5p to 118p.
Prudential, which owns 79% of Egg, rose 11.5p to 474.5p. The Sunday Telegraph speculated Pru may get a bid worth more than £1.4bn for the internet bank from Capital One Financial Corp.
Egg jumped 1.75p to 161p.
British Airways added 3p to 269.25p after oil prices fell for a second day. The airline says some 11% of its expenses are fuel costs.
ICI, a chemicals maker, rose 6p to 234.5p.
Antofagasta, a miner, jumped 18p to 971.5p.
Honeycombe Leisure gained 1 penny to 70.5p after the pub owner reported its full-year net loss narrowed to £86,000 compared with a net loss of £1.9m a year earlier.
Across the Atlantic, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index is currently up 69.90 points to 10,441.74 and the S&P 500 index is also up 5.57 points to 1,140.00.
US stocks are being driven by stronger-than-expected government figures showing consumer spending and linked price increases both gained in May.
Nasdaq's Composite index has so far gained 7.16 points to 2,032.63.IFAonline
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