The FTSE 100 has gained 34.9 points, or 0.6%, to 6083.7 paced by Vedanta Resources and Xstrata after copper prices rose in Shanghai.
Vedanta, India's largest producer of copper and zinc, has gained 26p, or 2.1%, to 1,292p. Copper futures in Shanghai rose after a survey of purchasing managers showed manufacturing activity in China rose at a faster pace in November, indicating that demand for the metal may remain strong. Aluminum also gained.
Xstrata, which acquired Canadian nickel miner Inco for $17bn earlier this year, is also up 54p, or 2.4%, to 2,334.
Meanwhile Compass Group the world's largest caterer, has jumped 8p, or 2.8%, to 295p.
And Prudential, the U.K.'s second-biggest insurer, has risen 16.5p, or 2.5% to 677p. The company says profit on new life insurance business in Asia will at least double over the next three years.
In Japan stock climbed, Nikkei 225 Stock Average rising 47.45 points, or 0.3%, to 16,321.78.
NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile-phone operator, rose 4,000 yen, or 2.3%, to 181,000. Mitsubishi Estate, Japan's biggest property developer by market value, climbed 50 yen, or 1.8%, to 2,910. Softbank, the nation's second-largest provider of high-speed Internet access, jumped 40 yen, or 1.7%, to 2,465.
Canon slipped 40 yen, or 0.7%, to 6,080. Nintendo Co., which gets the largest portion of its sales from the Americas, lost 420 yen, or 1.5%, to 27,180. Honda Motor, dropped 50 yen, or 1.2%, to 4,050.
Nintendo's Wii game console will go on sale in Japan tomorrow. Meanwhile Honda said that domestic vehicle sales fell 12.1% from a year earlier.
In the US stocks ended little changed on Thursday as a report showing slowing Midwestern business activity offset gains in energy stocks on the back of rising oil prices. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 4.80 points, or 0.04%, to end at 12,221.93.
Energy stocks rose for a fourth straight session, tracking a rally in crude oil prices, lifting Exxon Mobil 78 cents, or 1.03% to $76.81.IFAonline
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