The FTSE 100 index has advanced a fraction adding about 3 points to its overnight tally.
The benchmark is currently about 17 points shy of the landmark 5,000 points mark, led by British Airways, which is up 3.25p to 274p.
Land Securities Group as also picked up 16p to 1431p this morning.
Dixons leads the drop, however, shedding 3.75p to 161.25p.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average declined 0.1%to 11,490.43 at its close early this morning, after the yen slipped against the dollar and oil prices also declined.
Crude-oil futures for March delivery fell 2.6% to $45.28 a barrel in New York, with Nippon Oil, Japan's biggest oil producer and refiner, losing 0.7% to 713 yen.
Drugmaker Eisai had its shares downgraded by analysts, losing 2.2% to 3,520 yen, while Sankyo also shed 3.2% to 2,285 yen along with Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Co down 2.8% to 2,625 yen.
The dollar picked up 0.9% to 105.05 yen, its strongest level against the Asian currency for a month, spelling out good news for exporters.
Nissan, which gets 80% of its operating profit in North America, added 1.2% to 1,117 yen.
Honda Motor with a 90% operating profit from North America added 0.7% to 5,470 yen, while Sony also picked up 1.3% to 3,900 yen.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down less than a point at its close late last night.
The benchmark finished on 10,715.76 points paced by Intl Paper down $0.94 to $38.60 and United Technologies, down $1.54 to $100.18.
Disney up $0.57 to $29.88 and Gen Motors adding $0.61 to $37.83, just about balanced out the benchmark.IFAonline
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