In the UK the FTSE 100 Index has closed on a positive note, adding about 12 points to 4922.50 before the Easter break.
The Benchmark is boosted by Prudential, adding 23.50p or 5% to its ahare price at 501p, after the insurer sacked chief executive Jonathan Bloomer replacing him with HBOS finance director, Mark Tucker.
Bloomers tenure had seen the company lose 50% in stock turning to shareholders for a £1bn stock offering in November.
Mining stocks in the form of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto dropped 17p to 709p and 41p to £17.11 respectively, after lower metal prices raised concerns that earnings growth in the industry may slow.
In the US the Dow Jones has started well adding about 32 points to 10488.45 points, led by General Motors.
The car maker looks to be showing signs of finally bouncing back after a miserable run this week, adding $0.73 to to its share price of $29.39 in morning trading.
Disney (Walt) Co is also up $0.25 to $28.03, while Exxon Mobil Corp has shed $0.56 to $59.53.IFAonline
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