Updates from BP, GKN and Weir Group

Adrian Holliday

The FTSE 100 climbed on more confidence hopes yesterday, rising +1.18% overall. European markets saw similar gains, but not the Dow Jones, which slipped slightly (-0.02%) on central bank meeting nerves.

Overnight in Asia, a rash of encouraging corporate earnings saw the Japanese Nikkei climb +0.7% while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose +0.9%.