That is still well short of the pound(s)53 a share that some analysts think Pfizer will have to pay.
Meanwhile Part-nationalised RBS surged 25.1p, or 8.2%, to 331.7p, after trebling its profit in the first quarter, benefiting from improved cost control and a reduction in losses from bad loans.
Jefferies said the bank's earnings were more than twice consensus estimates, with impairments 48% below forecast.
Also rising after robust results was
Its shares jumped up 166p, or 8.1%, to 2190p.
"InterContinental has delivered a stellar performance. Growth in revenue per available room is ahead of expectation, while the return of hotel sale proceeds in the form of a special dividend is ahead of schedule," Hargreaves Lansdown Stockbrokers equity analyst
Meanwhile, non-farm payrolls showed the US economy added 288,000 jobs in April, beating a 210,000 consensus forecast and fuelling the view that the world's biggest economy is regaining pace after bad weather hit growth early in the year.
Housebuilders were among other stocks on the front foot after the latest construction industry figures from
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The biggest fallers were