Hitting that psychological 5,500 FTSE 100 barrier still seems to be just out of reach as the index is today making very slows gains.
SABMiller, Centrica and Man Group have so far seen the best of performance, lifting the FTSE 100 by 17.3 points or 0.3% to 5495.5 and is currently heading for its best monthly gains since 2003 as the index has risen almost 4% in September alone.
Brewer SABMiller is up 26p or 2.4% to £11.14 after receiving a 12-month upgrade in its share price to £12.50 pence on the back of anticipated profits.
Centrica has also gained 2.75p or 1.1% to 246.25 after a similar upgrade.
And hedge fund manager Man Grouphas so far earned 17p or 1% to £16.73 after reporting the firm gained $200m in assets through new customers over the last three months.
Having rallied well yesterday, Asian stocks today fell back again after pushing Japanese share indices to their highest value in four years.
The Nikkei 225 index dropped 42.9 points or 0.32% to 14,574 but Nippon Steel Corp and Rio Tinto Group kept the fall from dropping too low as raw material firm still look strong, but the Nikkei 225 index and the Topix have just experienced their best quarter in a decade.
And in the US yesterday, all three main indices performed well as reports suggest there is strong demand for IT development and related products.
The Nasdaq had a good day, earning almost 26 points or 1.22% to 2,141.2 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average index rose just under 80 points or 0.76% to 10.552.7 and the S&P 500 index gained 10.8 points or 0.89% to 1,227.7.
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