The FTSE 100 has ended the day up 53.3 points, or 0.82%, to 6,537.8, as strong results news pushed the index through the 6,500 barrier.
Hanson posted the biggest gains with a rise of 20.38% to £10.25, following reports of a possible bid approach from HeidelbergCement, while Prudential advanced 5.59% to 794p.
Unilever climbed 3.86% to £16.16, on strong results news, while Rolls-Royce added 3.47% to 500p, and Amvescap gained 3.2% to 612.5p, although gains were limited by British Airways which slipped 1.45% to 511.5p.
Shire was the biggest loser with a drop of 1.72% to £11.46, closely followed by Enterprise Inns which fell 1.52% to 647p, while ITV slipped 1.49% to 119.1p, and Man Group declined 1.46% to 572.5p.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 15.44 points, or 0.12%, to 13,227.32, following a mild inflation report.
Verizon Communications is posting the biggest gains with a rise of 2.9% to $40.75, closely followed by Microsoft which has added 1.14% to $30.96, while Home Depot has advanced 1.06% to $39.16.
Exxon Mobil has climbed 0.91% to $80.55, while Pfizer has gained 0.86% to $26.83, although gains are being limited by Honeywell International which has slipped 0.38% to $55.29.
General Motors is the biggest loser with a drop of 3.64% to $31.26, closely followed by United Technologies which has fallen 0.64% to $67.96, while McDonald’s has slipped 0.52% to $49.76, and Procter & Gamble has declined 0.42% to $62.11.
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