UK equities followed the US higher after the government shutdown came to a quick close.
The FTSE 100 was 5.3 points higher at 7,720.
There was a lot of corporate news for investors to digest with airlines enjoying a strong uplift despite mixed news.
Low-cost airline EasyJet (EZJ) boosted sales by 14.4% in the quarter to 31 December and completed the acquisition of Air Berlin. Shares in EasyJet flew 4.4% higher to £16.32.
British Airways owner International Airlines (IAG) failed to acquire the assets of failed Austrian airline Niki. Investors overlooked this as the shares gained 2.1% to 663.8p.
Brent crude oil advanced 0.3% to $69.28 per barrel. Copper cheapened 1.1% to $3.14 per pound and gold glittered at $1,335 per ounce.
The end of the US government shutdown kept investor sentiment running high, with the Nasdaq enjoying the biggest uplift of 1% to 7,408 overnight.
MID AND LARGE CAP RISERS AND FALLERS
Broadband provider Sky (SKY) advanced 2.3% to £10.26 after the UK Competition and Markets Authority said 21st Century Fox's proposed takeover was not in the public interest.
Pets at Home (PETS) announced sales were up 9.6% to £223.3m between 13 October and 4 January, pushing the stock 7% to 194.7p.
National Grid (NG.) dimmed 1.3% to 817.4p on UK regulator Ofgem's pricing model for the Hinkley-Seabank transmission project.
Upper Crust owner and food outlet operator SSP (SSPG) fattened 2.3% to 652p on a 12.2% rise in sales in its third quarter,
Icy weather dragged on pub operator Marston's (MARS) trading. The stock fell 1.7% to 112.6p after bad weather hit like-for-like sales by 0.9% in the 16 weeks to 20 January.
Fashion retailer N Brown (BWNG) shed 14.9% to 237.2p following downgraded product gross margin guidance from between -70 and -90 basis points (bps) to a range of -225 and -250bps.
IT service provider FDM (FDM) enjoyed a strong performance at the end of 2017 thanks to a 17% jump in the number of IT consultants. Investors marked the shares 2% higher to 997p.
Spread better IG (IGG) was feeling lucky as pre-tax profits rose 29% to £136.2m in the six months to 30 November. The shares were flat at 782.5p.
SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS
Velocity Composites (VEL) slumped 8.7% to 1.03p after gross margins were lower than anticipated due to ramped up new product lines, offsetting increased operational efficiencies.