Advertising revenue and defense contracts are driving the FTSE 100 this morning, albeit trading is relatively slow.
Commercial network TV station ITV is up 2.5% or 2.2% to 114.75p while Aegis Group, the world's biggest independent buyer of advertising time, is also up 1.5p or 1.7% to 88.75p after suggesting ad spending potential is improving and business budgets are increasing.
BAE Systems, the defense contractor, is also up 3.5p or 1.6% to 216.5p as its business potential continues to increase.
Mining stocks BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have also gained on the back of a rise in the price of copper. BHP Billiton is up 4p to 482p while Rio Tinto has so far risen 10p or 0.8% to £13.23.
Bovis Homes Group has also gained 8p or 1.5% to 537p after announcing the average price of its new properties has risen 8% compared with the previous year.
In Asia, the markets were dominated by activity in last Friday’s US trading, as the employment market suggested fewer jobs were created in June than hoped.
Toyota Motor Corp and Hyundai Motor Co saw the worst of the losses, as the Nikkei 225 index fell 1.5% to 11,541 and the Taiwanese Taiex index dropped a similar amount.
In the US on Friday, trading ended down as the Dow Jones index closed down 51 points or 0.5% to 10.282.8 while the S&P 500 index ended 3.5 points or 0.32% lower to 1,125 and the Nasdaq dropped almost nine points to 2,006.IFAonline
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