The FTSE 100 has passed the 6,000 mark with a rise of 31.1 points, or 0.52%, to 6.002.4 with the miners pushing the FTSE ahead in early trading.
However Man Group has posted the biggest gains so far with a rise of 5.75% to 468.75p, while banking firm Royal Bank of Scotland has also got off to a good start with a rise of 1.77% to £18.44.
Miners are also performing well with Antofagasta up 2.63% to 467.75p, closely followed by Anglo American which is up 2.34% to £23.21, while Xstrata has increased by 2.31% to £22.58.
On the downside SABMiller is the biggest drag on the index with a drop of 1.18% to £10.03, while Brambles Industries has lost some of its gains from yesterday with a drop of 0.92% to 483.5p.
In Japan the Nikkei 225 Stock Average climbed 102.73, or 0.6%, to 16,127.58 at the 3pm close as industrial production rebounded from a drop in July to reach a record.
Domestic related shares such as banks were among the biggest gainers with Mitsubishi UFJ, Japan's largest bank, up 20,000 yen, or 1.3%, to 1.52 million, while Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group also climbed 20,000 yen, or 1.6%, to 1.24 million, and Aeon, the nation's largest retailer by sales, jumped 65 yen, or 2.3%, to 2,895.
Elsewhere Mitsubishi Estate, Japan's second-biggest developer, added 55 yen, or 2.2%, to 2,580, while Mitsui Fudosan, the largest, climbed 45 yen, or 1.7%, to 2,685, and Sumitomo Realty & Development rose 70 yen, or 2.1%, to 3,470.
Takeda Pharmaceutical also advanced 60 yen, or 0.8%, to 7,370, as Japan's largest drugmaker said it will spend as much as 70 billion yen to buy back as many as 9.3 million of its shares, or 1.05% of the total outstanding.
But Sony, the maker of Vaio computers, lost 40 yen, or 0.8%, to 4,780, after IBM and Lenovo Group became the latest in a series of manufacturers to recall Sony-made laptop batteries because of a fire hazard.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 29.21 points, or 0.25%, to end at 11,718.45, its highest close for 2006, driven by optimism about falling oil prices.
The Dow got one of its biggest lifts from General Motors, which jumped 2.4% to $33.06 after its chief executive Rick Wagoner said he was open to an alliance with Renault-Nissan.
Intel also gained 1.9% to $20.77 after Citigroup raised its price target on the stock, while eBay surged 4.8% to $28.41 after news PayPal, its online payments unit, has reached a settlement with attorneys general from 28 US states to improve how it notifies users of their consumer rights.
Elsewhere Procter & Gamble's shares dropped 0.8%, or $0.47, to $62.26, while shares of Altria, the parent of the companies which make Oreo cookies and Marlboro cigarettes, slipped 0.4%, or $0.32, to $76.97.IFAonline
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