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.

Shell

(SC) - Get Report

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

SG Securities

.

BP Amoco

(BPA)

sported a similar rise, to 578.

Lasmo

(LSO)

, additionally boosted by news of two new gas discoveries in Indonesia, added 5p to 115 and

Enterprise Oil

(ETP)

rose 4p to 475.

Telecom shares, having suffered in recent days following the

AT&T

(ATT)

profits warning, stage a mini-revival.

British Telecom

(BTY)

improved 36 to

10.84 and

Vodafone AirTouch

(VOD) - Get Report

edged forward 3p to 271.5.

Best of the tech bunch was

Baltimore Technologies

(BALTV)

, which rose 481p to

76.00.

Psion

gained 90p at

40.50 and

Bookham Technology

was up 137p to

32.50.

ARM Holdings

(ARMHY)

moved up 33p to 695 and

Logica

was 55p higher at

20.50.

Fibernet

responded to a return to profitability with a gain of 225p at

21.62.

Europe's continental stock markets were posting modest gains as techs and telecoms came back into favor. The

Xetra Dax

in Frankfurt was up 31.30 at 7418.01 and the

CAC 40

in Paris was 31.84 higher at 6523.58. The Neuer Markt's

Nemax All-Share

index was up 39.66 at 6607.34.

German technology stocks received a boost from

Epcos's

(EPC) - Get Report

healthy second-quarter results. Midday, Epcos was up 2.96 euros at 161.00 ($143.32),

Siemens

(SMWAY)

was up 0.46 euros at 165.01 and software-maker

SAP

(SAP) - Get Report

was 11.90 euros higher at 653.90.

Deutsche Telekom

(DT) - Get Report

was up 0.90 euros at 67.90, but

France Telecom

(FTE)

was 1.20 euros lower at 167.50 and

Telefonica

(TEF) - Get Report

was down 0.45 euros at 25.70.

German automakers were mixed, with

DaimlerChrysler

(DCX)

down 0.16 euros at 64.59 and

Volkswagen

(VLKAY)

up 0.55 euros at 46.15.