The FTSE 100 has advanced 41 points, or 0.7%, to 6064.1 points this morning, led by mining companies as copper and gold prices climb.
Xstrata has gained 2.6% to 2,035p, Kazakhmys has advanced 2.3% to 1,165p and BHP Billiton has climbed 1.9% to 1,150p.
Cairn Energy has gained 3.5% to 2,407p after Merrill Lynch upgraded its stock recommendation on the company to "buy" from "neutral". The brokerage cited expected positive news flow in exploration and development from the company in the months ahead.
BP has gained 1.3% to 685.5p, as oil traded above $73 a barrel in New York on speculation US economic growth may boost energy demand as the dispute over Iran's nuclear research threatens shipments.
Royal Dutch Shell has added 0.7% to 1,889p and BG Group has gained 0.9% to 743.5p.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average added 228.06 points, or 1.4%, to 17,153.77 points, led by automakers after the Yomiuri newspaper reported Toyota Motor will increase its dividend.
Toyota climbed 110 yen, or 1.6%, to 6,800, Honda gained 280 yen, or 3.5%, to 8,400 and Mazda Motor added 25 yen, or, 3.3%, to 774.
Inpex Holdings, Japan's biggest oil explorer, rose 50,000 yen, or 4.7%, to 1.12m as crude oil traded above $73 a barrel.
In the US, the Dow Jones industrial average ended down 23.85 points, or 0.21%, at 11,343.29 points on concern the Federal Reserve could prolong its campaign to increase interest rates.
American Express shares declined 1.9%, or $1, to $52.81 and JPMorgan Chase shares fell 1.3%, or 60 cents, to $44.78.
Shares of Wal-Mart Stores helped keep the Dow in positive territory earlier in the session. The stock gained 2%, or 90 cents, to $45.93 after the company said over the weekend US same-store sales probably rose a faster-than-expected 6.8% in April.
Shares of energy companies rose, including Exxon Mobil, up 0.5%, or 34 cents, at $63.42.IFAonline
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