The FTSE 100 index has risen 28.6 points or 0.5% to 5752.4 points this morning, led by Man Group after it reported a 16% rise in funds under management.
Man Group has added 83p, or 3.6%, to £24.22. Funds under management surged 16% to $49.9bn for the year to March compared with £43bn last year and the firm reports funds now stand at about $54bn.
BP has added 4.5p or 0.7% to 629.5p, while Royal Dutch Shell has increased 20p or 1.2% to £17.76.
On the downside, Rio Tinto Group, Anglo American and BHP Billiton have fallen as copper futures drop for a second day.
Rio has lost 38p or 1.3% to £29.25, Anglo American has lost 14p, or 0.7% to £21.40 and BHP Billiton has declined 16.5p or 1.6% to £10.33.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average climbed a fraction, up 36.41 points or 0.2% to 15,503.74 points by its 3pm close of busines today, after the dollar strengthened against the yen, increasing the value of exporters' US sales.
Matsushita gained 60 yen or 2.5% to 2,475, Toyota added 90 yen or 1.5% to 6,020 and Canon advanced 110 yen or 1.4% to 7,870.
Mizuho Financial Group, Japan's second-biggest bank, jumped 21,000 yen or 2.3% to 928,000 and Daiwa House Industry rose 77 yen or 4.4% to 1,840.
Meanwhile, Inpex declined 26,000 yen, or 2.6%, to 970,000 after crude oil for July delivery fell 1% to close at $71.29 a barrel in New York.
In the US, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 73.88 points or 0.67% to 11,168.31 points yesterday as the drop in crude oil prices overshadowed renewed concerns about higher interest rates.
Boeing gave the Dow its biggest lift, up 1.36% to $83.25, while other major gainers included Caterpillar, which ended up 1.1% or 79 cents at $72.95 and Altria Group, which gained 1.3% or 96 cents to $72.35.
Exxon Mobil rose 1.2% or 74 cents to $60.91 and Chevron gained 2.3% or $1.34 to $59.79.IFAonline
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