The FTSE 100 has rebounded from yesterday's losses with a rise of 21.2 points, or 0.34%, to 6,225.1 in early trading following a recovery by miners.
However, Experian is posting the biggest gains so far with a rise of 1.62% to 597p, closely followed by Shire which has added 1.52% to £10.72, while miner Kazakhmys is up 1.49% to £11.55.
Slough Estates is also up 1.31% to 775.5p, closely followed by British Land which has added 1.29% to £16.46, although gains are being limited by insurer Prudential which is down 0.64% to 699.5p.
United Utilities is the biggest drag on the index so far with a fall of 1.57% to 783.5p, closely followed by Reuters which is down 1.3% to 437p, while International Power has slipped 0.45% to 384.5p, and Scottish & Southern Energy has fallen 0.38% to £15.64.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average broke through the 17,000 barrier with a rise of 234.16, or 1.4%, to 17,011.04 at the 3pm close, after the yen traded at a five-week low versus the dollar and at its weakest ever against the euro, to boost the value of exporters' sales.
Toyota advanced 100 yen, or 1.3%, to 7,550, as the company made almost half its sales in North America and Europe last business year, while Honda, which had 55% of its sales in North America, climbed 100 yen, or 2.3%, to 4,420.
Elsewhere, Nippon Steel, Asia's biggest maker of the alloy, jumped 24 yen, or 4.2%, to 598, while JFE Holdings, Japan's second biggest steelmaker, added 200 yen, or 3.5%, to 5,970.
And Japan Tobacco, the world's third-largest publicly traded cigarette maker, rebounded from recent losses to rise 32,000 yen, or 6% to 566,000, while Nikko Cordial, Japan's third-largest brokerage, fell 64 yen, or 5.3% to 1,155, extending its loss to 22% this week, after the securities watchdog recommended the company be fined a record 500 million yen for falsifying earnings.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average bounced back from earlier losses to end yesterday’s session at another record close with a rise of 30.05 points, or 0.24%, to 12,471.32.
Honeywell International posted the biggest gains with a rise of 2.61% to $44.35, closely followed by Exxon Mobil which climbed 1.96% to $76.99, while Pfizer added 1.43% to $26.20.
McDonalds also performed well with a rise of 1.17% to $43.99, closely followed by Disney which gained 1.04% to $34.85, although gains were limited by Merck which slipped 0.73% to $43.51.
AT&T was the biggest drag on the index with a fall of 1.35% to $34.99, closely followed by Intel which dropped 0.86% to $20.66, while Home Depot slipped 0.8% to $39.64, and American International Group fell 0.8% to $72.23.IFAonline
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