The FTSE 100 had a second consecutive solid day of growth, up 85.1 points, or 1.35%, to 6393.9.
Liberty International led the impressive results, moving up 69 points, or 6.5%, to 1130.
Inter-dealer broker’s ICAP took advantage of the recent strong market performances, finishing 28.5 points higher, or 6.045, to 500.
A rumoured bid from the National Australia Bank resurfaced, sending Alliance & Leicester through the roof, it closed 63 points up, 6.03%, to 1107.
Smiths Group, the medical equipment manufacturer, was down on news it expects similar profits to the same time last year, ending 29 points lower, or 2.8%, to 1008.
The Daily Mail had a day to forget, 18.5 points down, or 2.59%, to 695.
In New York, the Dow Jones has started well as investor confidence remains from yesterday’s Federal Reserve credit comments; the index currently is up 88.69 points, or 0.66%, to 13592.99.
American Express’ fine recent form continues, up 1.76 points early, or 2.91%, to 62.19.
General Motors lowered its 2007 industry-wide US sales forecast, driving its price up 0.92 points, or 2.75%, to 34.4.
Home Depot looks set to turn around yesterday’s losses, currently up 0.9 points, or 2.47%, to 37.3.
Honeywell International is struggling early, down 1.1 points, or 1.87%, to 57.77; while Verizon is down 0.63 points, or 1.46%, to 42.48.
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