UK stocks rebounded on Tuesday led by significant gains for Stagecoach , owner of Britain's biggest rail franchise.
The firm, also one of the largest bus operators in the country, was approaching a 14% climb shortly before 3.30pm, helping London's blue-chip index scale 4,370 for the first time in a month.
Software manufacturer Invensys climbed 13%, while marketing giant WPP advanced 10% despite a report from its buying operation Group M predicting a tough year for advertising sales.
Health and personal care firm Reckitt Benckiser was nursing a 5% slump on Tuesday, while Petrofac also fell.
British Airways' share price, down more than 4%, remained sluggish after its three-way merger with Qantas and Iberia was called into question. The firm is thought to be looking elsewhere as friction and a disagreement over regulatory aims threw the merger into dispute.
A volatile opening on Wall Street saw the Dow Jones plummet toward 8,800 before recovering to settle.
Just 90 minutes or so after opening, the index had fallen more than 60 points, or 0.72%, to 8,869.5, unhelped by a near 5% slide for GEN Motors.
JPMorgan Chase and 3M Company also fell significantly but noteable gains for Intel Corporation and Alcoa are helping to break the index's fall.IFAonline
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