The FTSE 100 is up 0.6% in early trading to 7,261.82 shrugging off the continuing stand-off between Mexico and the US over trade.
Several stocks traded ex-dividend including housebuilder Taylor Wimpey (TW.) which led the list of FTSE fallers down 6.6%.
Transport operator Go-Ahead Group (GOG) gains 10% as it lifts its outlook on its London and international bus division due to 'strong' operational performance and reported gains in its rail division after improving service levels.
Shares in Entertainment One (ETO) are recovering yesterday’s losses as the TV and film group rebutted rumours production guru Mark Gordon is planning to leave the country. It is up 16%.
Car listings site Auto Trader (AUTO) slips 1.1% despite delivering annual results that topped market expectations as profits rose 15% as demand for its offerings drove up sales.
Aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce (RR.) adds 1.5% as it transfers £4.6bn of its pension scheme to Legal & General in a deal which covered assets and liabilities relating to some 33,000 of the 76,000 pensioners enrolled in its Rolls-Royce UK Pension Fund.
Insurer Aviva (AV.) sheds 1.8% as it reveals a plan to trim down its operations in a bid to cut costs by £300m in the next three years that could see up to 1,800 jobs axed.
Pharma firm AstraZeneca (AZN) gains 1% as results from a clinical trial assessing the company's chronic lymphocytic leukaemia drug had met its primary goal showing improved survival rates compared with the chemotherapy-based treatment.
Lifestyle fashion retailer Joules (JOUL:AIM) climbs 3.9% as it guides for underlying pre-tax profits for the full year to be at the upper end of analysts' expectations amid continued revenue growth and efforts to cut costs.
Amino Technologies (AMO:AIM) leaps 8% as it says it expects first-half revenues to fall 15% as the company makes ‘good progress’ with its transformation programme targeting $5m in cost savings.
Automotive supplier Autins (AUTG:AIM) plummets 29% after it warns on profit on a slower-than-expected improvement in margins as major customers reined in orders and plant shutdowns continued at an ‘unprecedented’ pace amid Brexit uncertainty.