London markets are slightly ahead this morning after a solid session on Wall Street boosted investor confidence on another busy day of Q1 trading statements.
The FTSE 100 currently sits 14.1 points (0.23%) ahead to 6229.30.
Pub company Enterprise Inns is leading the gains so far, up 2.47% to 404.50.
British American Tobacco is also doing well after boosting Q1 profit by 18% to £807m. It is currently ahead 2.32% to 1983.
Persimmon and Cairn Energy are also higher in early trading, up 1.87 % to 599.50 and 1.86% to 3283 respectively.
South African insurer Old Mutual has been stung early, down 3.51% to 126.40.
A large convertible bonds fundraising has dimmed International Power, down 2.82% to 422.25; while Antofagasta joins a host of miners following metal prices lower, down 2.74% to 780.
In New York, the Dow Jones IA climbed past the 13,000 barrier on Tuesday after a strong late surge, closing 51.29 points (0.4%) ahead to 13020.83.
Alcoa led the gains; the world's leading producer of primary aluminium was up 3.01% to 38.
The technology sector enjoyed a solid day, with Microsoft climbing on hopes it could revive its bid for Yahoo – up 2.13% to 29.70. Chip-maker Intel also did well, 1.42% higher to 23.58.
Insurer AIG was also a top performer, also up 2.13% to 48.40.
Retailer Wal-Mart fell 1.09% to 56.35, while communications giant AT&T finished 0.73% lower to 39.56.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 index closed Wednesday up 53.22 yen (0.38%) to 14,102.48 on the first trading day of the week following two public holidays.
The Nikkei recorded its best close since 11 January, while the broader Topix index climbed to its highest since 10 January.
In other Asian markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 738.81 points (2.81%) to 25,523.32 and Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 index fell 33 points (0.58%) to 5,668.40.IFAonline
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