The Footsie was unable to maintain significant gains made earlier in the day but still closed up 20....
The Footsie was unable to maintain significant gains made earlier in the day but still closed up 20.50p at 5904.50.
The rise was on the back of optimism US rate cuts will aid economic growth and help boost corporate earnings.
Stocks to improve included ARM Holdings Plc, advancing on optimism it will benefit from new microchips being developed by Intel Cop., the biggest computer-chipmaker, analysts said.
British Telecommunications said it will join with Intel Corp. to develop applications for high-speed services on mobile phones. BT shares advanced 10.5p to 534.
The Dow Jones climbed 56.41 to 11,271.49, while the Standard and Poor's saw a less significant gain of 6.65 to 1291.64. The Nasdaq also rose 33.95 to 2199.88.
Four stocks rose for every three that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, while three advanced for every two that declined on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Some 610 million shares traded on the Big Board by noon New York time, up 25% forma week ago.
Nikkei stocks expected to move on Friday include Aiful Corp., one of Japan's biggest consumer loan companies. Aiful rose 130 yen to 12,150 at close on Thursday.
Japan Airlines, the nation's largest airline, should also move, with an announcement that profit will fall by 39% this business year as a bigger tax bill and weaker yen offset the benefit of record sales. On Thursday's close JAL fell 12 to 445.
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