The FTSE 100 index is up 10.6 points, or 0.17%, to 6,137.4, with Friends Provident pushing the index higher.
Life insurer Friends Provident is posting the biggest gains so far with a rise of 5.67% to 205p, after it said sales in the last three months have beaten expectations with a 40% rise to £1.60bn, while Legal & General has climbed 1.58% to 144.5p.
Drug developer Shire is also up 3.62% to 974p, closely followed by Standard Chartered bank which has climbed 2.05% to £14.94, while Intercontinental Hotels Group has gained 1.15% to £10.15.
On the downside, Severn Trent is the biggest drag on the index with a fall of 1.62% to £13.96, closely followed by British Energy which is down 1.2% to 411p, while Kelda Group has slipped 0.8% to 868.5p, and Marks & Spencer is down 0.76% to 650p.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average advanced 47.54, or 0.3%, to 16,399.39 at the 3pm close, rallying from the biggest drop in 12 weeks yesterday.
Gains were led by good earnings news from Fanuc, the world's biggest factory robot maker, which jumped 590 yen, or 6.2%, to 10,150, while Tokyo Electron, the world's second-biggest supplier of chipmaking equipment, advanced 120 yen, or 1.4%, to 8,740.
Mitsubishi Motors gained 4 yen, or 1.9%, to 213, while Aiful, Japan's largest consumer lender, fell 40 yen, or 1%, to 4,040, Promise dropped 130 yen, or 3%, to 4,230, and Sumitomo Mitsui, Japan's third-biggest lender, dropped 50,000 yen, or 3.8%, to 1.28 million.
Elsewhere, Nippon Oil, Japan's largest petroleum refiner, declined 14 yen, or 1.6%, to 870, while Inpex Holdings, the nation's biggest oil explorer, fell 15,000 yen, or 1.5%, to 956,000, and AOC Holdings dropped 65 yen, or 3%, to 2,120.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day down 3.76 points, or 0.03%, to 12,086.5, as the broader market continued to suffer following Friday’s GDP report.
General Motors posted the biggest gains with a rise of 1.77% to $34.53, closely followed by Hewlett-Packard which climbed 1.2% to $38.92, while McDonalds rose 1.09% to $41.92.
United Technologies also gained 0.89% to $65.52, while IBM climbed 0.82% to $91.50, although gains were limited by Exxon Mobil which slipped 0.87% to $70.84, while Merck dropped 0.98% to $45.64.
Verizon Communications was the biggest drag on the index with a fall of 3.06% to $37.65, after reporting profits in line with expectations although the recent strong run encouraged a bout of profit taking, while Wal-Mart fell 2.37% to $49.53, and AT&T dropped 0.88% to $33.92.IFAonline
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