The FTSE 100 index has started the week on a positive note rising 8.2 points in morning trading so far to reach 5038.6.
Hanson leads the pack, up 13p to 535p, along with the Boots Group, which has gained 11.5p to 606.5p.
Royal & SunAlliance has also made gains this morning following news suggesting financier Andrew Regan is believed to be interested in purchasing the insurance firm. Shares this morning in Royal & SunAlliance are up 4.29% or 3.5p to 85p a share.
Regan has requested the suspension of shares in his investment vehicle Corvus Capital pending an official announcement.
HBSC has also added 4p to 883.5p, while shares in Royal Bank of Scotland have also risen 9p to £16.59
oil firms are making gains as BP has added 0.5p to 573.5p and Shell Transport, which owns 40% of the Royal Dutch/Shell group of companies, has gained 1p to 492p.
In Tokyo, Japanese stocks gained for a second day in a row after a government report revealed capital spending rose more than initially estimated as deflation eased.
The Nikkei 225 Stock Average index added 7.28 points to close at 11,311.51 points, led by Toyota Motor Corp. and NTT DoCoMo.
Toyota advanced 50 yen to 3,880 yen while DoCoMo gained 1,000 yen to 162,000 yen.
Mitsubishi Estate Co, Japan's second-largest property developer, also rose 23 yen, to 1,151 yen.
Honda, which is the most dependent on the US market among Japan's top three carmakers, added 50 yen to 5,370 yen, while Nissan climbed 10 yen to 1,080 yen.
Meanwhile in the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 6 points higher on Friday to 10,553 points
Home Depot, the world's largest home-improvement retailer, dropped $0.44 to $39.06, while Hewlett-Packard slid $0.11 to $23.39.
Merck & Co increased $0.09 to $31.50 after the third-largest US drugmaker said its experimental treatment for adult diabetes improved blood-sugar control in studies and is well tolerated, without the weight gain caused by some currently marketed medicines.
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