A boost in stocks within the mining industry, including Rio Tinto has lifted the FTSE a further 4.80 points higher to 5332.30 at its close.
Rio has added 71p or 3.5% to 1986p, after its first-half profit increased 34% as output and prices for iron ore and metals climbed.
Riding on its back, Antofagasta has climbed 47p to 1393p, after analysts nodded approval for oil stocks providing ‘good value’.
BHP Billiton and Xstrata have also picked up 27p to 837p and 32p to 1245p respectively.
Building materials firm BPB has reached 26p higher to 734p, after French building materials firm, Saint-Gobain launched a £3.68bn takeover bid for the company.
On the losing end, business news analyst Reuters Group has shed 16.25p or 4% to 372.75p.
The ordinary shares of BT Group have also shed 7.75p to 221.75p.Water Group Kelda retreated 15p to 688p.
In the US the Dow Jones has lost about 16 points to 10667.42 in its morning session, led by Eastman Kodak.
The free-falling digital photography firm has dropped $0.48 to $25.90. Last month it posted a second quarter loss, adding it would cut a further 10,000 jobs.
Aluminium firm, Alcoa is also down $0.38 to $28.52.
Top gainer yesterday, Microsoft has again started well, adding a further $0.45 to $27.26.IFAonline
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