The FTSE 100 has ended the day up 19.3 points, or 0.29%, to 6,621.4, as miners helped boost the index on increased metal prices and talk of consolidation in the sector.
Xstrata posted the biggest gains with a rise of 4.39% to £29.02, closely followed by Anglo American which climbed 4.25% to £30.39, while Kazakhmys advanced 3.1% to £12.98.
Johnson Matthey also added 3.7% to £16.26, while ICAP climbed 3.33% to 534.75p, although gains were limited by drug company GlaxoSmithKline which ended the day down 1.36% to £13.10.
Kingfisher was the biggest loser with a fall of 1.78% to 248.25p, closely followed by marks & Spencer Group which slipped 1.69% to 699p, while Tate & Lyle dropped 1.4% to 600.5p, and Vodafone declined 1.25% to 158p.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 11.95 points, or 0.09%, to 13,645.03 in early trading, ahead of reports from the Commerce Department.
United Technologies is posting the biggest gains with a rise of 1.24% to $70.29, closely followed by Du Pont which has added 1.18% to $52.33, while McDonald’s has climbed 0.94% to $50.70.
Wal-Mart is also up 0.76% to $47.48, while Merck has gained 0.7% to $53.08, although gains are being limited by Exxon Mobil which is down 0.48% to $83.60, while Microsoft has slipped 0.77% to $30.87.
However, Disney is currently the biggest loser with a fall of 1.28% to $35.45, closely followed by heavy equipment maker Caterpillar which has slipped 0.7% to $77.93, while, Procter & Gamble has declined 0.44% to $63.57.
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