The FTSE 100 finished the day moderately well, up 7.5 points, or 0.12%, to close on 6469.40
It was helped by excellent days for cleaning firm Reckitt Benckiser, which finished up 147 points, or 5.59% on £27.75, and investment firm AMVESCAP, up 24 points, 4.16%, to 601p.
Digital forensic firm Detica Group, up 2.71%, drugs group Shire, up 1.98%, and Resolution, up 1.89%, also boosted market performance.
However poor days for mining firm Xstrata and cash management specialists Experian held back what could have been a much stronger day for the FTSE.
Xstrata finished down 54 points, or 2%, to close on £26.48, while Experian dropped 9.5 points, or 1.65% to finish on 567.5p
The Nikkei 225 Stock Average added 193.01, or 1.1%, to 17,429.17 in Tokyo.
JFE, the world's third-biggest steelmaker by output, jumped 280 yen, or 4.4%, to 6,720, its biggest gain since March 6, while Daido Steel, a specialty steelmaker, surged 64 yen, or 10% to 704 yen. Nippon Steel, the world's No. 2 maker of the alloy, jumped 39 yen, or 5.2%, to 785.
However, gains were stemmed by consumer lender Promise, which plunged 450 yen, or 11% to 3,660, the biggest drop since Sept 19, 2002. Aiful, the fourth-biggest consumer lender by market value, slumped 335 yen, or 10%, to 2,965. And Acom, the largest, slid 360 yen, or 7.4%, to 4,480.
Early trading in the States looks positive for the Dow Jones. The market is up by nearly 18 points, or 0.14% to 13107.85.
By 5.15pm, 3M was up 3.17points, or 4.12%, to 80.14, while GEN Motors, up 0.69 points, or 2.2%, and MCDonalds, up 0.57 points, or 1.18%, also made early gains.
These gains were offset to an extent however by Du Pont De Nemours, down 0.59 points, or 1.18%, to 49.38.
Altria Group, down 0.73 points, or 1.04%, to 69.74, and Home Depot, down 0.38%, or 0.96%, to 39.12, also made early losses.
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