The FTSE 100 has ended the day slightly up with a rise of 0.8 points, or 0.01%, to 6,073.5, as miners recovered from a bad start.
Vedanta Resources posted the biggest gains with a rise of 3.53% to £13.20, closely followed by SABMiller which added 2.17% to £10.35, while Kingfisher climbed 1.74% to 262.5p.
British Sky Broadcasting also performed well with a rise of 1.64% to 558p, while BT added 1.53% to 266.25p, although gains were limited by Standard Chartered bank which dropped 1.46% to £14.13.
ICAP was the biggest drag on the index with a drop of 2.49% to 518p, closely followed by Drax which fell 2.46% to 792p, while Brambles Industries slipped 1.95% to 490.25p, and Sainsburys dropped 1.66% to 384.5p.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 23.61 points, or 0.2%, to 11,843.56, as poor third quarter earnings disappointed investors.
Alcoa is the biggest drag on the index with a drop of 5.59% to $26.71 after reporting figures which didn’t meet analyst’s forecasts, while drug company Pfizer is down 0.98% to $27.29.
Heavy equipment maker caterpillar is also down with a drop of 0.91% to $68.43, closely followed by Boeing which has slipped 0.86% to $81.42, while Exxon Mobil has dropped 0.71% to $66.72, although losses are being limited by AT&T which is up 0.37% to $32.89.
However General Motors is posting the biggest gains so far with a rise of 1.16% to $32.27, closely followed by Home Depot which is up 0.48% to $37.94, while Verizon Communications has climbed 0.47% to $36.71 and IBM has added 0.45% to $84.57.IFAonline
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