Slow early trading on the FTSE 100 has been helped by significant gains for land firms.
European real estate firm Hammerson leads the way, trading up 131 points, or 8.35%, at £16.99.
It is closely followed by the Land Securities Group, up 74 points, or 3.74%, to £20.54, and British Land, up 41 points, or 2.78%, to £15.17.
However, these gains were offset by early losses for global resource firm BHP Billiton, down 27 points, or 2.16%, to £12.22.
There were losses also for Rio Tinto, down 66 points, or 1.8%, to £35.94, and Detica Group, down six points, or 1.57%, to 377p.
In the US, the Dow Jones closed well up after a strong day’s trading, finishing up 53.8 points, or 0.4%, to 13362.87.
Strong gains were had by industrial supplies manufacturer Honeywell International, which finished up 1.02 points, or 1.83%, on 56.81.
Honeywell was closely followed by Caterpillar, up 1.32 points, or 1.8%, to 74.75, and Intel Corporation, up 0.32 points, or 1.44%, to 22.47.
These gains were offset however by losses for Alcoa, down 0.77 points, or 1.95%, to 38.73, and Disney which, after a strong day yesterday, finished down 0.43 points, or 1.18%, to 36.12.
The Nikkei 225 Stock Average declined 11.16, or 0.1%, to 17,736.96, after gaining as much as 0.5%, after a poor day for car manufacturers.
Losses were led by Toyota, which lost 130 yen, or 1.8%, to 7,070 while Denso plunged 180 yen, or 4.2%, to 4,080. Nissan, the nation's third largest automaker, declined 26 yen, or 2.1%, to 1,226.
However, these losses were stemmed by gains for investment adviser firm Mitsui Fudosan, which rose 90 yen, or 2.4%, to 3,870.
Tokyu Land, a developer of houses and resort hotels, gained 37 yen, or 2.6%, to 1,490, while Tokyo Tatemono, which develops and manages condominiums and hotels, advanced 55 yen, or 3%, to 1,864.
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