Sports Direct was the day's top riser, gaining strongly after shareholders approved a huge 65m pound bonus plan for founder Mike Ashley.
The payout is dependent on the company achieving earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £330m in 2014 and £410m in 2015 - the latter being higher than the figures currently predicted by analysts.
Aviva continued higher after last week's upbeat results, with today's gains driven by RBC Capital, which upped its target price from 400p to 550p and upgraded the stock to 'neutral', and Nomura, which increased its target price from 489p to 625p and reiterated a 'buy' recommendation.
International Consolidated Airlines Group climbed after Jefferies raised its target price from 410p to 510p and retained a 'buy' recommendation.
Rolls-Royce also extended gains following the engine group's move last week to buy-out Daimler in their 50-50 joint venture, Rolls-Royce Power Systems (RRPS). After the close of trade on Friday, Rolls-Royce said that it is to buy the remaining 50% stake in RRPS for £1.9bn. RRPS was formed in 2011 after Rolls-Royce and Daimler bought German engine maker Tognum.
Meanhile, banking stocks including Barclays and RBS were under the weather as alleged forex manipulation continued to make headlines today amid a Treasury Select Committee grilling of Bank of England Governor Mark Carney.
Johnson Matthey fell after Liberum Capital reduced its target price from 3,500p to 3,340p, downgrading the stock to 'hold'.
Morrison, Sainsbury and Tesco, which make up three of the so-called 'Big Four' UK supermarkets, were under pressure today after a Kantar survey showed that upmarket retailer Waitrose and discount grocers Aldi and Lidl continue to pose significant threats to competition.
Sainsbury was the only one of the Big Four to hold market share year-on-year at 17% in the 12 weeks to March 2nd, but Morrison, Tesco and Wal-mart-owned Asda all recorded declines in share. Morrison and Tesco also saw a drop in actual sales, Kantar said.
FTSE 100 - Risers
Sports Direct International (SPD) 837.50p +3.52%
Aviva (AV.) 524.00p +2.85%
Aberdeen Asset Management (ADN) 384.50p +2.26%
Reckitt Benckiser Group (RB.) 4,942.00p +2.11%
International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (CDI) (IAG) 441.20p +1.87%
Rolls-Royce Holdings (RR.) 1,062.00p +1.82%
Anglo American (AAL) 1,455.00p +1.54%
Rio Tinto (RIO) 3,186.50p +1.50%
Royal Mail (RMG) 596.00p +1.19%
Mondi (MNDI) 1,107.00p +1.19%
FTSE 100 - Fallers
Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) 311.30p -2.66%
Barclays (BARC) 236.95p -2.09%
Severn Trent (SVT) 1,819.00p -1.83%
Pearson (PSON) 1,005.00p -1.66%
Johnson Matthey (JMAT) 3,137.00p -1.60%
Kingfisher (KGF) 396.80p -1.51%
Tesco (TSCO) 316.85p -1.06%
Resolution Ltd. (RSL) 374.50p -1.00%
Vodafone Group (VOD) 227.85p -0.98%
Petrofac Ltd. (PFC) 1,344.00p -0.96%