Advancing UK stocks have helped the FTSE 100 up 13.20 points to 4,811.30 for a sixth straight trading day of gains.
Liberty, the property company, is up 33p to 978p to lead the gainers after announcing the sale of assets.
Corus, the steelmaker, is up 1p to 52.5p after forecasts of rising metals prices next year.
BOC, the gases company, likewise is up 16p to 991p on hopes demand for steel will increase demand for its oxygen and other gases supplied to manufacturers.
Rio Tinto is up 24p to 1,519p to lead the metals mining stocks.
Sainsbury is down 3.75p to 271.25p following yesterday's news it is to cut the prices of clothing sold through its stores.
Intercontinental is down 4p to 652p as investors ponder the company's near future in key Asian markets following the destruction of some of its properties there by the weekend's tidal wave sparked by an undersea earthquake near Indonesia.IFAonline
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