The FTSE had a volatile start to this week's trading as investor fears over the eurozone crisis took hold but the index is now up 0.12% to 5874.
Rising tensions between North and South Korea also played their part in the German DAX and French CAC opening trading in the red.
Essar Energy leads the FTSE winners’ list up 2.42% or 14 points to 591p. Other early risers include BT Group up 1.26% to 184p and Scottish & Southern Energy up 1.52% to 1,203p.
Elsewhere Lloyds Banking Group dropped 1.02% or 0.68 points to 65.82p after stating on Friday the Irish economic recovery may take longer to achieve and asset prices will remain depressed for longer.
In the US, the Dow finished down seven points or 0.06% at 11,491 on Friday due to concerns over the eurozone.
Meanwhile, in Asia the Nikkei also fell seven points to 10,303 but the index is still close to a seven-month high.
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