The FTSE 100 reached a 14-year high yesterday while the S&P 500 hit a new record level, lifted by M&A activity.
The UK's leading index closed at 6,865.86, up 28 points or 0.4% on the day and within striking distance of the all-time closing high of 6,930 reached on 30 December 1999, the peak of the dotcom boom.
Monday's close was the second-highest ever recorded by the index and sets the stage for a new record high.
Vodafone jumped 4% following its share consolidation after a $130bn deal to exit its US joint venture, although shares in HSBC dropped 5% after the bank's full-year results disappointed.
The London market was lifted by a rally on Wall Street, where the S&P 500 hit a record high before dropping back to close 0.62% up at 1,847. The Dow closed 0.6% up at 16,207 while the Nasdaq was 0.7% higher at 4,292.
Merger activity has offered a recent boost to investor confidence, with talks between Dixons and Carphone Warehouse in the UK while, in the US, RF Micro Devices agreed a $1.6bn merger with TriQuint Semiconductor.
Meanwhile, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg addressed a conference yesterday, describing recent acquisition Whatsapp as a bargain at the $19bn he paid for it.
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