The FTSE 100 has ended the day up 11.3 points, or 0.21%, to 5,518.5, as aerospace and real estate stocks kept it in positive territory while positive broker comments also gave the market a helping hand.
PartyGaming gained 3.52% to 132.5p, as HSBC raised its fair value target to 134p and upgraded its net earnings estimates for this year and next.
Meanwhile, aerospace and defence group Smiths topped the risers with a rise of 36p, or 3.7%, to 1,008.5p, after Numis turned positive on the shares. BAE Systems was also riding higher with gains of 2.67% to 345.75p.
British Land moved higher by 2.5% to 1,003p, following reports which suggested the Abu Dhabi royal family is the favourite to acquire a British Land City portfolio, including Plantation Place. Land Securities rose 3.4% to 1,610p, while Hammerson rose 1.98% to 980p, in sympathy.
Elsewhere, Severn Trent led the fallers with a drop of 3.44% to 1,038p, as the water utility went ex-dividend today. A positive broker comment failed to ease the fall.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 36.18 points, or 0.33%, to 10,859.9 as jet maker Boeing announced a $10bn order and aerospace conglomerate Honeywell International forecast higher 2006 earnings.
Honeywell, the world's largest manufacturer of cockpit electronics, has gained 4.5% to $37.50, as it said it expects earnings to rise by up to 30% in 2006 on robust aircraft demand.
Boeing shares have risen 1% to $71.30 after the company won an order from Qantas Airways for 65 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets, with an option for an additional 50 planes.
Elsewhere, Electronic Arts slipped 1.6% to $54.27, after Citigroup changed to rating to "hold" from "buy". Caterpillar has also dropped 1.25% to $58.23, closely followed by Alcoa with a fall of 0.77% to $28.29.IFAonline
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