The FTSE 100 index has closed up over the 4500 level again after rallying throughout the day on the back of strong trading for Cadbury Schweppes and oil firms.
Cadbury, the confectioners and drinks manufacturer, gained 10.75p or 2.5% to 445.75p to push the FTSE 100 up 26 points or 0.6% to 4515.8 while the FTSE All-Share added 11.33 points or 0.5% to 2256.
BP, Europe's largest oil company, closed the day at a 19-month high of 490.25p having closed up 8p or 1.7%. Its rival Shell Transport, which owns 40 percent of Royal Dutch/Shell Group, also added 8.5p or 2.3% to 378p, thanks to a rise in the Brent crude price in London to $33.46 a barrel.
Cadbury, the world's third-largest maker of soft drinks, climbed 10.75 pence, or 2.5 percent, to 445.75 pence. The company made 30 percent of its sales in the U.S. last year.
BAA, the airport operator, also closed the day up 6p or 1.1% to 533p after revealing passenger numbers were up 10.4% in March, compared with a year ago, which in turn lifted British Airways’ share price 2.6% or 7.5p to just under £3.
In the US, markets have not fared as well, and all three major US indices were down by close of business in London.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average index was down 0.59% or 62 points to 10,453 by London final, while the Nasdaq Composite Index had lost 0.85% or 17.6 points to 2,047 and the S&P 500 index dropped 7.5 points or 0.66% to 1,137.IFAonline
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