The FTSE 100 has ended the day up 55.3 points, or 0.84%, to 6,676.7, as a strong start on Wall Street boosted gains by miners.
Vedanta Resources posted the biggest gains with a rise of 4.03% to £15.50, closely followed by Antofagasta which climbed 2.69% to 572.5p, while pub operator Punch Taverns continued to perform well ending 2.6% higher at £13.79.
Vodafone also climbed 3.1% to 162.9p, while Johnson Matthey added 2.77% to £16.71, although gains were limited by life company Standard Life which slipped 0.8% to end at 341p.
Drax was the biggest loser with a fall of 1.81% to 786p, closely followed by GlaxoSmithKline which dropped 1.37% to £12.92, while Northern Rock fell 1.02% to £10.69, and Centrica declined 0.91% to 379.75p.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 30.07 points, or 0.22%, to 13,657.71 in early trading, following a better than expected jobs report.
Wal-Mart is posting the biggest gains with a rise of 2.82% to $48.94, closely followed by Home Depot which added 1.47% to $39.44, while Du Pont is up 1.4% to $53.05, and Honeywell International has gained 1% to $58.49.
Intel is also up 1.13% to $22.43, although gains are being limited by Verizon Communications which is down 0.3% to $43.30, while AT&T has slipped 1.43% to $40.75, Boeing has dropped 0.59% to £100, Merck has slipped 0.42% to $52.23 and Coca-Cola has declined 0.34% to $52.81.
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