The FTSE 100 is quite flat in early trading with a slight rise of 2.2 points, or 0.04%, to 6,006.7, as Partygaming finally starts to rally.
The online gaming firm is posting the biggest gains so far with a rise of 11.25% to 44.5p, after reports the online gaming firm is considering two takeovers of rival firms, including one for Gamesys.
Gus is also doing well with a rise of 2.08% to £10.05, closely followed by Intercontinental Hotels which is up 1.88% to 973p, while Lloyds TSB has climbed 1.45% to 560.5p, and Shire has added 1.2% to 882p.
On the downside Brambles Industries is one of the biggest drags on the index with a fall of 1.22% to 487.75p, while Sage Group which has slipped 1.33% to 241.25p, while Reuters is down 1.19% to 437.75p.
And miners are also down as the price of copper slipped in Asia, with Vedanta resources slipping 1.24% to £11.97, while Kazakhmys is down 1.21% to £10.65 and telecoms firm Vodafone has also dropped 1.19% to 124.75p.
In Japan the Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 13.27, or 0.1%, to 16,436.06 at the 3pm close as investors took advantage of recent gains to sell.
Canon, the world's largest digital camera maker, dropped 80 yen, or 1.2%, to 6,470 after rising to a fourth record in five days, while Daiichi Sankyo, Japan's No. 2 drugmaker, fell 50 yen, or 1.5%, to 3390.
Meanwhile Fujifilm Holdings, the world's biggest maker of film used in flat panel displays, fell 50 yen, or 1.1%, to 4,460, while Nomura, Japan's largest securities company, jumped 70 yen, or 3.3%, to 2,210, and Daiwa Securities Group, the country's second biggest, advanced 48 yen, or 3.5%, to 1,429.
Nippon Steel, Japan's largest maker of the alloy, rose 6 yen, or 1.2%, to 495, while JFE Holdings, the country's second biggest, climbed 40 yen, or 0.9%, to 4,660, and Daido Steel Co., Japan's largest specialty steelmaker, advanced 9 yen, or 1.1%, to 857, on speculation they will become acquisition targets.
In the US the Dow Jones industrial Average gained 16.08 points, or 0.14%, to close at a record 11,866.69, as energy shares climbed in line with crude oil prices.
Crude oil for November delivery gained $0.62 to settle at $60.03 a barrel, leading Exxon Mobil to rise 1.1%, or $0.71, to $67.32, while heavy equipment maker Caterpillar climbed 4.1%, or $2.70, to $68.24, while Altria added nearly 2%, or $1.50, to $78.40.
Elsewhere shares of 3M, an industrial conglomerate whose products include Scotch tape and Post-It Notes, added 1.4%, or $1.05, to $75.92, retailer Target rose 1.8%, or $1.05, to $58.68, while Wal-Mart slipped 2.3%, or $1.14, to $48.41.IFAonline
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