Global shares were broadly up on Tuesday: the Dow Jones finished 0.17% higher at 20,949.89 while the Nasdaq climbed 0.06% to 6,095.37. In London the FTSE 100 finished at 7,250, up 46 points while the German Dax was up 0.56% to 12,507.90. The French CAC 40 pushed 0.70% higher to 5,304.15.
End of Tuesday trading saw the FTSE 100 close 45.68 points higher at 7,250.05, a 0.64% climb in total. Best FTSE 100 performer was Intertek Group, up 3.3% to 4,200p while Standard Life and Barratt Developments took second and third spots, up 2.78% and 2.67%.
Global share trading was light for the May Day holiday though US shares on Monday showed energy: Apple shares were up more than 2% to $146.58. Other tech companies, including Microsoft and Facebook, also gained strongly. The Nasdaq hit a record 6,091.6 high.