Hargreaves Lansdown is topping the FTSE 100 leaderboard for a second consecutive day of trading as the index starts the week in the black.
The group, which reported record revenues in its interim results last Friday, rose 2.5% in early trading to trade at 729.4p. The group's shares have now risen by 16% since the start of the month.
The FTSE 100 was up 0.3% at 5,812 by mid-morning, as shares on the continent also rose following reassuring data from China.
The rate of inflation in China subsided in September to rise 1.9% on an annualised basis, the data revealed, while exports rebounded at almost twice the expected rate. Chinese Q3 GDP figures are due on Thursday.
But UK-listed miners failed to get a boost from the data, the likes of Anglo American and Rio Tinto falling 0.9% and 0.8% respectively.
RBS was also among the fallers after it confirmed Santander had pulled out of an agreement to buy the 316 branches RBS has to offload by the end of 2013. The sale of the branches was a condition of the cash injection RBS received from the UK taxpayer in 2009.
In the bond markets, benchmark yields declined despite continued concerns over Spain's need for a bailout. The euro erased overnight losses to stand fractionally up against the dollar at $1.2959.
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