The FTSE 100 index continues its steady increase by adding a further 8.7 points to 5372.4 points this morning, paced by Old Mutual.
The South African-based financial services firm has climbed 3.5p higher to 134.25p, after it more than doubled its first-half profit, aided by higher earnings at its Nedbank Group.
Futures broker Man Group has picked up 39p to £16.65, after reporting a 1% increase in the value of its key AHL fund.
Aviva, meanwhile, has also added 10.5p to 653.5p, after a stock rating increase as analysts expect higher earnings from the insurer tomorrow.
On the losing end, Lloyds TSB has dropped 7p to 475.75p, after analysts downgraded its stock value from underweight from neutral.
HBOS has also slipped 7.5p to 902.5p as the bank last week reported a 15% increase in problem loans during the first half of the year, despite a profit rise.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average advanced 1.7% taking it past the 12,000 mark for the first time in 15 months, closing at 12,098.08 early this morning.
A US report also last week revealed an increase in jobs for July, higher than analysts forecasts, taking carmaker and export company Toyota, 2.6% higher to 4,340 yen, along with Nissan gaining1.1% to 1,174 yen.
Computer equipment maker TDK, generating two-thirds of its sales abroad also picked up 1.3% to 8,030 yen.
Mobile operators NTT DoCoMo advanced 2.7% to 189,000 yen, with KDDI Corp adding 3.8% to 604,000 yen.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index bounced back from a three-day loss, picking up 78.74 points to 10615.67 points, led by Disney.
The children’s entertainment group climbed $0.73 to $26.14 after judge ruled yesterday the Disney board had not breached its fiduciary duties in hiring and then sacking former president Michael Ovitz, giving him a $140m payout.
Aluminium firm Alcoa has advanced $0.58 to $28.62, on the back of suspected increase in the metal market.
Proctor & Gamble, meanwhile, has retreated $0.31 to $53.94.
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