The FTSE 100 advanced in early trading on Wednesday thanks to a positive start in the energy sector.
Energy giants International Power and National Grid have each added almost 1.7%, taking them to 225p and 543p respectively, while Cairn Energy climbed 1.64% to £21.65 and Royal Dutch Shell added 1.5% to £15.56.
Hedge fund Man Group is the morning's biggest winner however, adding 1.86% to 205p. London's blue chip index climbed by more than 18 points, or 0.48%, shortly before 9.30am.
Early drags on the index include Aviva, which has dropped 13.11% to 232p, and technology provider Smiths Group, which has fallen 8.64% to 750.5p despite posting a £135.2m pre-tax profit.
The US Treasury's $1trn toxic asset rescue plan lifted the Dow Jones by almost 1.5% on Tuesday while, in Japan, the Nikkei advanced more than 272 points to 8,488.
Japan's exports saw a record plunge in February, falling by nearly half compared with a year earlier, the country's finance ministry said. Exports fell 49.4% year-on-year to 3.526tn yen (£24.6bn).IFAonline
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