The FTSE 100 has made a good start after Friday's drop, with a small gain of 4.8 points, or 0.09%, to 5428.4.
Scottish Power is leading the advance after reports of a possible takeover.
The country’s fifth largest energy provider, has climbed 21p, or 3.75% to 581p, on reports E.ON, Germany's largest utility, has begun talks to buy Scottish Power for as much as £12bn. Scottish & Southern Energy, another UK utility, is also up 1.5% to 998p.
Elsewhere Insurance companies are doing well with Royal and Sun Alliance moving up 2.5p, or 2.38%, to 107.5p, closely followed by Legal and General with gains of 2.25p, or 2.03%, to 113p. Friends Provident is also one of the big movers, advancing 3.25p, or 1.8%, to 183.5p.
Meanwhile, the loser board is currently topped by Xstrata, with a drop of 28p, or 2.14%, to 1278p, with BSkyB a close second after slipping 8.5p, or 1.69%, to 493p. Cairn Energy is another faller, sliding 29p, or 1.61%, to 1773p.
In Japan the Nikkei 225 Stock Average declined 14.36 points, or 0.1%, to 14,061.60, after exporters such as Canon declined as the dollar weakened against the yen.
Canon, the world's largest maker of copiers, lost 90 yen, or 1.4%, to 6,170, while Toyota declined 50 yen, or 0.9%, to 5,350.
Japan's currency rose for the first day in seven against the dollar moving from its lowest point since August 2003. A stronger Japanese currency decreases the value of a company's earnings outside Japan when translated into yen.
Konica Minolta also slid 53 yen, or 5.3%, to 957, after the company forecast a net loss of 47 billion yen for the year ending 31 March, compared with an August forecast of a 23 billion yen profit.
Elsewhere there was good news as Inpex, the nation's largest oil explorer, and Teikoku Oil jumped after saying they will merge to expand their oil and gas businesses and bolster competitiveness.
Inpex rose 29,000 yen, or 3.6%, to 847,000, while Teikoku Oil, with a market value of 359 billion yen, gained 46 yen, or 3.9%, to 1,220.
Tokyo Broadcasting System also added 30 yen, or 1%, to 3,180, after reports it plans to set up a company to air programs over the Internet.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended slightly higher on Friday with a gain of 8.17 points, or 0.08%, to 10530.76.
Microsoft was one of the biggest movers with an increase of $0.22, or 0.83%, to $26.66, closely followed by Eastman Kodak which gained $0.14, or 0.63%, to $22.52.
Meanwhile Exxon Mobil lead the losers with a drop of $0.67, or 1.14%, to $57.90, while Merck also slipped $0.26, or 0.88%, to $29.22.IFAonline
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