The FTSE 100 is up 5.40 points, or 0.1%, to 6209.9 with Aviva and British Land leading the advance, while Rio Tinto Group is pacing falling shares.
Aviva has increased 5p, or 0.6% to 806.5p. Britain's biggest insurer has confirmed it will consult policyholders on payouts of surplus money held in two long-term savings funds.
Meanwhile British Land, Europe's largest real-estate company by assets, has added 18p, or 1.1%, to 1622p after the company said net asset value, used to gauge real estate company performance, rose by 2% to 1,624p per share during the second quarter.
Rio Tinto has lost 28p, or 1%, to 2704 after Macquarie Bank cut its recommendation on shares of the world's third- biggest mining company to “neutral” from “outperform” this morning. The brokerage cited weak copper prices and an uncertain US outlook.
Experian Group has gained 10p, or 1.7%, to 610p. The credit checking business spun off from British retailer Gus says first-half profit rose 12% because sales of personal data increased as more Americans checked their ratings.
ICAP, the world's largest broker of transactions between banks, has climbed 4.5p, or 0.9%, to 491p. The company has reported a 22% increase in first-half revenue to £542.8m.
In Japan the Nikkei 225 Stock Average added 8.20 points, or 0.1% to 15,734.14 at its close, after falling by as much as 0.2% as indexes swung between gains and losses throughout the day.
Mizuho, Japan's second-largest bank by assets, dropped 18,000 yen, or 2.2% , to 805,000. Mitsui Trust Holdings, the nation's No. 6, slid 72 yen, or 6%, to 1,127. Mizuho reported a 2.1% decline in its second-quarter net income as higher interest rates stalled demand for loans. The company left its full-year profit forecast unchanged at 720bn yen.
Mitsui Trust said its net income increased 14% to 66.9bn yen for the six months to the end of September. Other companies that rely on the domestic economy also fell.
Seven & I Holdings, Asia's largest retailer by market value, lost 30 yen, or 0.9%, to 3,420. Nomura Holdings, Japan's largest brokerage, fell 9 yen, or 0.5%, to 1,858. Limiting losses, Hankyu Hanshin, a railway company, advanced 23 yen, or 3.6%, to 662. The company increased its profit forecast by 22% to 35bn yen for the year ending 31 March.
Nintendo, the world's largest maker of handheld video-game players, rose 510 yen, or 2%, to 26,280, on speculation sales of the Wii video-game console will boost the company's profit this year.
Matsushita, the world's biggest consumer electronics maker, advanced 30 yen, or 1.3%, to 2,290. Toshiba Corp., Japan's largest chipmaker, added 6 yen, or 0.9%, to 715.
Toyota, the world's second-largest car manufacturer, slipped 10 yen, or 0.1%, to 6,950 after saying 296bn yen of its shares will be offered to investors at 6,820 yen, a 2.01% discount to yesterday's closing stock price of 6,960.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 26.02 points at 12,316.54despite the advance of Alcoa and other producers of raw materials. Alcoa gained 55 cents to $28.82.IFAonline
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