In the UK the FTSE 100 Index has advanced 4.50 points to 5051.30 points, led by British American Tobacco.
The tobacco firm has picked up 20.50p to 1112.50p, after analysts raised its share price target by 19% to 1,300p.
Mining firms, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto also advanced 12.50p to 691p and 27p to 1684p respectively, after the Chinese government reported the country's industrial production increased faster than it expected, increasing the favourable outlook for raw-material demand.
Severn Trent meanwhile leads the fallers, losing 17p to 1041p, along with Scottish & Southern Energy, down 10p to 991p.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average climbed to its highest level in two months, adding 0.7% to 11,415.88 at its close earlier today.
A weakening Japanese currency against the dollar again meant a rise in stock from exporters including digital camera maker and copier, Canon adding 1% to 5,960 yen.
Car manufacturer Honda also climbed 0.6% to 5,450 yen.
Cosmetics firm Shiseido, picked up as much as 4.5%, after analysts raised its stock rating to buy from neutral.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average continued its climb, adding 25.01 points to 10547.57 points, led again by General Motors.
The car manufacturer picked up $1.42 or 4% to $35.87, after billionaire Kirk Kerkorian advanced his shares in the firm to about 7.2%, from 3.9%, after completing the purchase of 18.4 million shares.
Tracinda Corp, owned by Kerkorian, raised ownership to about 40.5 million shares from 22 million shares.
Chain supermarket Wal-Mart, also advanced $1.40 to $49.68, along with International Paper, up $0.72 to $33.77.
On the losing side, Boeing shed $1.70 to $62.93, despite picking up various big contracts and announcing new plane sales at the Paris Air Show. The firm is currently in a sales war with Airbus.
Altria Group declined $1.37 to $66.95, after a delayed court ruling on its decision in the class-action "lights" case at the llinois Supreme Court.IFAonline
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