The FTSE 100 index has ended the day up 16.4 points, or 0.27%, to 6,182.5, shrugging off a weak mining sector during a bumpy trading session.
Reckitt Benckiser posted the biggest gains with a rise of 5.64% to £23.24, after raising its full year net revenue growth target to 17% from 15%, closely followed by Reuters Group which climbed 2.49% to 453p.
Tate & Lyle performed well with a rise of 2.32% to 772p, closely followed by WPP which climbed 2.01% to 683.5p, while Kingfisher added 1.76% to 260p, although gains were limited by Hammerson which fell 1.28% to £13.15.
Energy stocks were the biggest drag on the index with British Energy Group falling 3.54% to 422p, following uncertainty over the duration of outages at two plants because of cracked tubes.
Cairn Energy slipped 1.86% to £18.50, while mining stocks also suffered with Anglo American down 1.49% to £23.79, closely followed by Kazakhmys which slipped 1.3% to £12.13.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 3.92 points, or 0.03%, to 12.120.83, as stocks remain flat ahead of tomorrow’s interest rate decision.
General Motors is posting the biggest gains so far with a rise of 2.16% to $35.95, closely followed by Du Pont, which is up 1.98% to $46.35, while Honeywell International has climbed 1.43% to $42.69.
Intel is also up 1.215 to $21.72, closely followed by heavy equipment maker Caterpillar which has added 1.09% to $61.08, although gains are being limited by Microsoft which has slipped 0.81% to $28.23.
Drug maker Pfizer is currently the biggest drag on the index with a drop of 2.02% to $27.17, closely followed by Altria Group which has slipped 1.4% to $79.04, while JP Morgan Chase is down 0.84% to $46.99, and Procter & Gamble has fallen 0.81% to $62.77.IFAonline
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