Basic resources, however, ended 0.55 percent down as a sector, not helped by a decline in some metal prices during later trade. London-listed miners including Anglo American, Rio Tinto, and Antofagasta all slipped more than 1.5 percent, which weighed on the FTSE 100.
Looking at the major individual stock movers, Man Group jumped 3.27 percent after Exane BNP Paribas upgraded its rating on the stock to "outperform". Telecom firm TDC also got a boost, jumping 2.48 percent after Barclays raised its target price on the stock.
On the other side, German firm K+S dropped 8.2 percent after it posted a strategy update. Airbus shares meanwhile slipped 2.25 percent, with traders linking the decline to comments made by the firm's CEO, who warned of potential turbulence ahead for the company; Reuters reported.