LONDON -- The markets were quiet ahead of the U.S. unemployment numbers, with the FTSE 100 up 61.7 points at 6262.40 and the Techmark up 44.7 at 3762.1.
Most of the activity was in the oil sector.
gained 18p to 526 ($7.36), boosted by Thursday's first-quarter earnings figures and a firm crude oil price which saw Brent trading at $25.48 a barrel.
Warburg Dillon Read
is recommending the stock to clients this morning and so is
sported a similar rise, to 578.
, additionally boosted by news of two new gas discoveries in Indonesia, added 5p to 115 and
rose 4p to 475.
Telecom shares, having suffered in recent days following the
profits warning, stage a mini-revival.
improved 36 to
edged forward 3p to 271.5.
Best of the tech bunch was
, which rose 481p to
gained 90p at
was up 137p to
moved up 33p to 695 and
was 55p higher at
responded to a return to profitability with a gain of 225p at
Europe's continental stock markets were posting modest gains as techs and telecoms came back into favor. The
in Frankfurt was up 31.30 at 7418.01 and the
in Paris was 31.84 higher at 6523.58. The Neuer Markt's
index was up 39.66 at 6607.34.
German technology stocks received a boost from
healthy second-quarter results. Midday, Epcos was up 2.96 euros at 161.00 ($143.32),
was up 0.46 euros at 165.01 and software-maker
was 11.90 euros higher at 653.90.
was up 0.90 euros at 67.90, but
was 1.20 euros lower at 167.50 and
was down 0.45 euros at 25.70.
German automakers were mixed, with
down 0.16 euros at 64.59 and
up 0.55 euros at 46.15.