The FTSE100 is ahead this morning as mining stocks fill four of the top five positions in early trading, the index is currently 17.40 points (0.28%) up to 6215.50.
Confectionary giant Cadbury is leading the way so far, up 3.3% to 704.
Anglo American and Rio Tinto are the best of the miners, both up 2.7% to 3610 and 6820 respectively.
Xstrata is not too far behind, up 2.59% to 4244; while BHP Billiton has put aside its recent troubles, up 2.52% to 2118.
The London Stock Exchange Group is being punished despite recording an operating profit rise, it is down 5.7% to 1026.
Rolls-Royce is also struggling, down 2.61% to 400; while Barclays is the worst of a poor financials sector, 2.26% to 389.
In New York, Wall Street slid on the gloomy growth and inflation outlook from the Federal Reserve last month, the Dow Jones IA closed Wednesday 227.49 points (1.77%) lower to 12601.19.
News the fed is unlikely to cut rates on the inflation hike hit financials, with Citigroup falling 4.75% to 21.06 and American Express down 3.87% to 45.48.
The high price of oil and the weak dollar led the major manufacturers to slide, Boeing was 4.64% lower to 81.19 and General Motors lost 3.73% to 19.12.
No stocks on the Industrial Average climbed in Wednesday trading.
In Tokyo, Japanese stocks reversed early losses with refiners at the forefront of gains on Thursday, the Nikkei closed up 52.16 yen (0.37%) to 13,978.46.
Elsewhere in Asia/Pacific, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 427.22 points (1.68%) to 25,033.07 and Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 remained steady at 5,826.90.IFAonline
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