Major Europe indices were up slightly as of 5:40 a.m. EST.
London's FTSE was higher by 0.43%. Troubled U.K. bank Northern Rock led the way, up 3.7%. BAE Systems (OTCPK:BAESY) was 3.2% higher. Insurers Standard Life and Prudential (NYSE:PUK) were up 2.4% and 1.9%. Losers included miners Anglo American (AAUK) -1.3% and Rio Tinto (RTP) -1.3%.
The Dax was 0.31% higher. Siemens (SI) was up 1.6%.
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