The FTSE100 is up 26.80 and edging closer to 6000 at 5918.10 this morning, aided by a 31.00 increase for British Energy .
The nuclear operator was the top performing stock following rumours French supplier EDF was considering making an offer.
Other leading stocks included London Stock Exchange up 49.00, while AstraZeneca rose on news Morgan Stanley raised its price target and BT was another winner up 6.25.
However, financials including HBOS and Lloyds TSB had a rocky start to the day down 14.00 and 9.00 respectively.
In the US, the Dow Jones closed up slightly by 17 at 12,626 following slightly more positive comments on the financial situation by Ben Bernake.
Winners included Alcoa (up 2.11) and General Motors (up 0.62) while Caterpillar and Boeing were on the losers list down 1.44 and 0.71 respectively.
Meanwhile in Japan, stocks fell for the first time in four days led by car manufacturers on the back of concerns purchases of cars and parts will drop as the US economy slows. The Nikkei 225 lost 96.68, or 0.7%, to close at 13,293.22.IFAonline
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