For the second day in succession the FTSE made moderate early gains, going up 0.12% to 6416.
Closed life fund consolidator, Resolution, was up 4.41% to 651p, closely followed by Morrison Supermarkets, up 3.59% to 310.5p.
British Land Companies also made some early gains, going up 3.47% to 51p.
However, these gains were offset by losses by the TSB Group, which fell 3.64% to 543p, and British American Tobacco, which fell 2.18% to £15.29.
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group was also down, by 2.13% to £21.13.
In the US, the Dow Jones closed having made considerable gains. The index closed up 1.3% to 12207.59.
These gains were hugely helped by good days for the Altria Group, up 2.69% to 84.42, American Express, up 2.68% to 56.37, and GEN Motors, up 2.23% to 31.12.
These gains were offset, but only minimally, by Johnson & Johnson which closed 0.21% down at 61.7.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 79.88, or 0.5 percent, to 16,764.62 after advancing by as much as 0.9 percent earlier.
Digital camera maker, Canon, dropped 150 yen, or 2.4%, to 6,070. Sony declined 70 yen, or 1.2%, to 5,820.
But these losses were stemmed by gains from developer firm, Mitsui Fudosan, which advanced 110 yen, or 3.5%, to 3,270.
Mitsubishi Estate Co., the nation’s second largest property developing firm, gained 100 yen, or 2.8%, to 3,670, while Sumitomo Realty & Development Co., the third biggest, added 120 yen, or 2.7%, to 4,550.
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