London's FTSE 100 edged higher on Thursday, led by gains in aero and base metal mining stocks, while Equiniti Group jumped after agreeing to a take private deal.
The blue-chip index rose 0.1% with miners adding more than 1% on higher metal prices. [MET/L]
Aero and defence stocks rose 1.3% with Rolls-Royce (LON:RR) among the biggest gainers.
The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index advanced 0.2%.
Equiniti Group jumped 8.9% after the British administration services and payments specialist agreed to be taken over by a new company backed by private-equity firm Siris Capital in a 673 million pound ($949 million) deal.