In the UK the FTSE 100 Index has closed 15.60 points higher to 4864.90 points a short while ago, led by British American Tobacco.
The Tobacco firm has added 19p to 982.50p, along with International Power, up 3.50p to 189.50p. The firm signed an agreement with EnergyAustralia to form a Retail Energy Partnership last week.
Scottish Power has also advanced 7.25p to 421.75p.
Media stocks pace the other end of the board, including ITV, down 3p to 125.75p, Greg Dyke, former director general of BBC and Apax adviser, will delay talks of a bid until the summer when ITV will have completed the renegotiation of license costs.
WPP group has also shed 12.50p to 588p, along with the Daily Mail and General Trust, down the same amount to 694.50p.
Reuters has also retreated 6.75p to 410.25p.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average has started well, picking up about 91 points in its morning session, led by Boeing.
The aviation firm has picked up $1.42 to $59.30, after a deal with Air Canada for 32 of its wide-bodied jets worth $6.1bn.
IBM has also recovered, after poor results announced last week crippled the firms stocks. The computer giant has clawed back $1.38 to $75.59.
Eastman Kodak, meanwhile continues to fall, losing $0.61 to $26.94. The photography firm shed as much as 10% of its stock value on Friday.IFAonline
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