In the UK the FTSE 100 Index climbed 7.40 points to 5263.60 at its close a short while ago, led by Aviva.
The insurance group picked up 20p to 656.5p, while life office, Prudential also gained 12p to 536.5p, after reporting a 24% increase in first-half profit, on the back of strong US earnings.
Pru announced net income advanced to £517m from £418m or 19.8% during the six months to 30 June, while US sales doubled as a result of a surge in annuities.
British Airways also climbed 6.75p to 280p.
On the losing end, mobile firm O2 shed 5p to 137.75p, after Reuters reported Goldman Sachs Group is selling as much as £528m worth of O2 stock.
Yell meanwhile also lost 10.5p to 449.5p, along with logistics firm Exel, down 21p to 927p.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average has picked up about 8 points to 10587.73 in its morning session. The New York benchmark is trying to turn around a two-day losing streak.
Johnson & Johnson has picked up $1.32 to $63.99, with Boeing adding $1.15 to $67.50, after reporting better than expected second-quarter profits, while also raising its earnings outlook.
General Motors meanwhile, leads the drop, down $0.65 to $36.40, after announcing it will end its discount program enabling customers to buy GM vehicles at the price its employees pay.
Home Depot has also slipped $0.61 to $43.08.IFAonline
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