The FTSE 100 Index gained 11.80 points, or 0.2%, to 5,915 points today as bid chatter sent miners higher.
Higher metal prices and reports suggesting Brazil's CVRD, Xstrata and Rio Tinto are lining up a break-up bid for Anglo American worth $80bn took miners higher.
Anglo American gained 3.63% to 2,455p, Xstrata rose 1.03% to 2,253p and Rio Tinto advanced 1.25% to 2,756p.
BHP Billiton gained 1.74% to 1,050p on talk it is mulling a return of as much as $3bn to shareholders.
Financial firms trimmed this morning's losses, with Northern Rock ending down 0.63% at 1,110p, while Standard Chartered declined 1.05% to 1,316p and HSBC fell 0.89% to 945p.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 35.14 points, or 0.31%, at 11,346.33 points as Iran's vow to move forward with its nuclear programme sends oil prices higher.
Crude oil has risen to nearly $72 a barrel after Iran said it would not suspend its nuclear programme as its deadline to respond formally to proposals from six major powers draws near.
Ford Motor has fallen 3.8% to $7.70 after Credit Suisse lowered its rating on the auto maker to "underperform" from "neutral".
Health insurer Aetna has risen 1.4% to $37.10 after a report in Barron's said the stock is ready to make a robust recovery.IFAonline
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