The FTSE 100 index remained steady to the end of trading on Thursday as the Bank of England held the base interest rate at the same level of 4.75%.
The London benchmark added 16.7 points to 4,800.3 points at its close, led by ITV, after speculation private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co may consider a bid for the television network.
Shares in the broadcaster jumped 4.5p, or 4% to 111.5p.
GUS, owner of Argos also lifted 26p to 931p, after a sales report from the retailer indicated credit-checking unit Experian, had performed better than expected.
Corus Group also added 1.50p to 52.5p at close this afternoon.
Investment products provider Man Group capped a poor day shedding 28p to 1362p.
In the US, the Dow Jones has started poorly, after oil prices climbed for a third day.
The benchmark index has so far declined 41.9 points to 10,575.88 points, while crude oil rose to $47.60 a barrel, its highest mark in six weeks, as an approaching cold weather snap will boost demand in the US.
General Motors has also shed $0.50 to $37.89, while Exxon Mobil has added $0.39 to $50.98 on the back of that rising oil price.IFAonline
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