UK stocks pushed higher on Tuesday as investors braced for a key US interest rate decision due Wednesday.
At 0859, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 18.38 points, or 0.3%, at 7.061,31.
Rio Tinto said it had agreed to sell its interests in two Australian coal developments to Glencore for $1.7bn. Rio Tinto gained 1.0%, while Glencore rose 0.2%.
Imperial Brands, meanwhile, said it had sold a range of 'other' tobacco products including roll your own brands, tubes, tips, cigarette papers and other accessories in the US, for an undisclosed sum. Its shares were flat.
Online grocer Ocado Group fell 2.1% after harsh winter storms limited growth in first-quarter revenue to a solid, but still disappointing 11.7%.
GKN continued its war of words with takeover suitor Melrose Industries, calling Melrose's recent warning of overburdened pension liabilities 'misleading.' GKN shed 1.0%, while Melrose gained 0.5%.
Housebuilder Bellway gained 2.5% after it hiked its dividend and profits amid buoyant housing construction markets.
Services company John Wood Group swung to an annual loss after it booked one-off costs related to its acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler and experienced cost overruns at some projects. Its shares eased down 0.1%.
Shopping mall landlord Hammerson fell 1.1% after announcing that it had secured £1.5b of debt to help fund its proposed acquisition of Intu. Hammerson itself is the subject of a bid from France's Klépierre.
Plastic piping and ventilation system manufacturer Polypipe Group posted a modest rise in annual profit, as rising input costs were offset by increased demand from the housing sector. Its shares gained 0.3%.