London's leading shares edged higher in early Wednesday trading, with Lloyds Bank and housebuilder Barratt the top gainers after posting big profit rises.
In the opening minutes, Lloyds added 3.8% after announcing that its profit for last year was up 158%.
The figures were helped by a reduction in payment protection insurance provisions.
Overall, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 11.87 points or 0.16% at 7,286.70.
Housebuilder Barratt was the second-biggest riser, up 3.6% after unveiling an 8.8% rise in half-yearly profits.
The announcement lifted the sector, with rivals Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey both adding more than 1.2%.
On the currency markets, the pound was 0.22% higher against the US dollar at $1.2501 and 0.38% up against the euro at 1.1885 euros.