The Dow Jones also finished strongly, up 52 points, at 15,387 - an all-time high. Overnight, the Japanese Nikkei 225 finished at 15,627, up +1.60%.
We start with Scottish & Southern Energy, which hiked domestic prices by 9% in October but was also fined £10.5m for mis-selling to British consumers in April. So how large is the latest profits haul for the Perth-based company?
Preliminary numbers up to 31 March reveal SSE's biggest pretax-profit numbers since 2008 with reported adjust profits hitting £1.41bn compared to £1.33bn last year. SSE's full-year dividend climbs to +5.1% to 84.2p per share.
The company reiterated its apology over the mis-selling episode, claiming that "SSE has undertaken major reform of its Retail operations since 2011". However the latest profits numbers will infuriate many consumers.
Next, interim numbers for the 28 weeks up to 22 May from 7Up and Fruit Shoot drink maker Britvic. Britvic claims strong profit growth with EBITA of £53.6m, up +27.6% on last year and EBITA margin up 180 basis points.
This merger lapsed on 13 February when it was referred by the Office of Fair Trading to the Competition Commission, which is expected to announce its decision end of July.
We finish with Cable & Wireless Comms, and results up to 31 March. Total Group earnings before the usual deductions come in at $905 million - ahead of prior year and outlook claims C&W. There's Group EBITDA of US$589 million with Panama up +8% in H2 versus H1, says the company.
Underlying equity free cash flow is up +11%, re-stated net debt is down in H2 to US$1,508 million while group strategy "progressed significantly" through agreed disposals, paving the way for a unified business structure.
"EBITDA finished slightly ahead of expectations," says boss Tony Rice,"mobile data revenue continued to grow across the Group, benefitting from the investments we made in our networks in 2011/12, and our cash generation saw double digit growth year on year."