There were no major fireworks seen on the UK stockmarkets today as the FTSE 100 close a fraction higher, adding 6.3 points to 4853.4.
The benchmark indec by a major jump from drugmaker AstraZeneca, up 78p or 4% to 1980p.
The company says that fourth-quarter profit increased 52%, boosted by sales of older established medicines including its Nexium ulcer remedy as the firm forecasts a 12% rise for 2005.
Shares in London and Hong Kong-listed Standard Chartered also added 20p to 955.5p, while Rentokil Initial picked up 3p to 150.5p.
Today's losers include wastewater firm United Utilities plc, which closed down 14p to 446p, while subsidiary United Utilities fell 13.50p to 628.50p.
Cairn Energy shed 21p to 1145p.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index declined 20.1 points to 10478.49 points in morning trading, led by Caterpillar.
The construction and mining equipment manufacturer has shed $3.53 or 3.9% to $87.59 after reporting its fourth-quarter profit is behind analysts estimates.
Telephone company also SBC slipped $0.52 to $24.06 as it continues talks to purchase AT&T for more than $16bn, reports say.
Meanwhile, Eastman Kodak has so far added $0.77 to $32.43.IFAonline
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