Miners push FTSE 100 higher
Mining companies helped push London's leading shares higher, with the FTSE 100 closing up 10.21 points, or 0.2%, at 6,278.97.
Shares in airlines fell as confidence among investors was affected by news of more security alerts and the police operation in Paris.
The delivery company reported pre-tax profits of £2.2m, down from £12m a year ago, and warned that its expectations for the next financial year "have softened slightly".
Nerves returned to global stock markets as worries about international security increased.
On Tuesday, a football match between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled, while two Air France planes heading to Paris from the US were diverted because of security threats.
Investors were also eyeing developments in Paris, where armed police raided a flat in the suburb of Saint Denis in an operation linked to Friday's attacks.
On the currency markets, the pound spiked briefly after Bank of England deputy governor Ben Broadbent said markets should look at how the UK's economy was performing, rather than "focus obsessively" on the Bank's forecasts.
The recent Inflation Report from the Bank was interpreted as pushing the prospect of a rate rise back to late 2016 or even early 2017.
However, Mr Broadbent's comments were seen as suggesting a rise could come earlier, and the pound jumped half a cent against the dollar in response.