The FTSE 100 Index gave back early gains through the day, having hit a new five-year high at the start, closing up 1 point, or 0.02%, at 6,045 points as the Bank of England kept rates on hold at 4.5%.
PartyGaming rallied 10.23% to 142.75p as an attempt to ban online gaming in the US was met with a lack of support from US politicians.
The mining sector extended yesterday’s gains as metal prices continued to boom and gold hit a five-year high. Rio Tinto rose 0.29% to 3,144p and Xstrata gained 1.96% to 2,027p.
A Deutsche Bank "buy" tip took Corus's shares up 2.59% to 89.25p.
But British Airways lost initial gains, despite a Citigroup price target hike to 425p from 400p, falling 1.82% to 350p.
Scottish & Newcastle also fell back after yesterday's strong run, declining 0.37% to 542p, despite talk it is attracting bid interest.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has lost 19.21 points, or 0.2%, to 11,220.34 points as Merck declined after losing a jury verdict over its Vioxx painkiller.
Merck has tumbled $1.25, or 3.5%, to $34.74 after a jury ruled the drugmaker must pay at least $4.5m to a 77 year old man who claimed its painkiller Vioxx caused his heart attack.
3M has risen $2.75, or 3.6%, to $80.21, the biggest gain in the Dow average. The maker of 50,000 products including Scotch tape said first-quarter profit was $1.15 to $1.16 a share, higher than the company's forecast of $1.10 to $1.14, amid rising sales of industrial, safety and consumer products.
Boston Scientific has gained 66 cents to $22.35. It has entered an agreement with the US Federal Trade Commission to clear its $27.5bn purchase of Guidant.
MetLife, the largest US life insurer, has also added 19 cents to $49.65. It has been added to JPMorgan Chase's "focus list".IFAonline
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