Yet more gains for mining firm Xstrata helped the FTSE 100 to move away from the 4900 mark.
The UK’s benchmark FTSE 100 index climbed 10 points or 0.2% to 4916. and the FTSE All-Share Index added 6.23 points or 0.3% to 2473 after Xstrata climbed 49p or 5.1% to £10.125 on the back of its improved offer for WMC Resources – which could give Xstrata the 4th largest deposit of copper and gold.
Household goods manufacturer Unilever also closed the day up 16.25p or 3.2% to 524.25p after analysts upgraded its shares to overweight.
At the other end of the scale, however, Exel, the logistics company, closed down 4.7% to 832p as there are rumours the firm could be bought.
Vodafone Group Plc, the world's biggest mobile phone company, also fell 1p or 0.7% to 135.75p.
In the US, all three main indices are currently up to match general trading globally.
The Dow Jones index has risen 21 points or 0.21% to 10.573 while the Nasdaq Composite index is almost flat at 2,069 and the S&P 500 index has earned 1.4 point or 0.12% to 1,190.IFAonline
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