Positive figures released by Barclays has kept the bank in the FTSE winners table, helping the index climb 38.8 points, or 0.65%, to 5,928.1 in early trading.
Rexam tops the table, advancing 20.5p to 442.5p, and is joined by Shire, up 38p or 4.04%, to 977.5p, Xstrata and Antofagasta.
Alliance & Leicester has dropped 70.75p in early trading, taking it share value to 457.25. It is joined in the loser’s list by SABMiller and Taylor Wimpey.
The Dow Jones suffered marginal losses by the close of play on Tuesday, dropping 10.99 points, or 0.09%, to 12,337.22.
American International, up 0.92 points to 47.03, Exxon Mobil and Du Pont top the winners list.
However, losses for Verizon Communications, AT&T and American Express all suffered losses which overshadowed the day’s gains.
Japanese stocks fell, led by real- estate companies and banks, after a research report said condominium sales will drop and on concern losses will widen at financial companies.
The Nikkei 225 Stock Average slumped 447.54, or 3.3%, to 13,310.37 at the close in Tokyo.
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