It was another up and down day for the FTSE 100 as high metal prices led many miners to gains - with the index closing on 6086.1, a 7.4 point increase, or 0.12%.
BHP Billiton was top of the pile, climbing ahead of its full year results tomorrow, up 26 points, or 2.04%, to 1301.
International Power also had a strong day, closing on 409 points – a rise of 6.25 points, or 1.55%.
British Airways soared to a positive result, up 6 points, or 1.52%, to 401.5.
Homebuilders struggled in trading today, with Barratt Developments the worst affected.
The UK house and apartment developer lost 30.5 points, or 3.25%, to finish the day on 909.
Experian didn’t fare too much better, the credit checking group fell 12.5 points, or 2.48%, to 492.5.
Speculation on new moves from the Federal Reserve led to a dip on Wall St early, but the Dow Jones has recovered to currently sit 12.6 points up, or 0.1%, to 13133.95.
Alcoa is doing well again; the aluminium producer is 0.58 points ahead, or 1.69%, to 34.9.
Home Depot and Verizon Communications are also doing well early, up 0.5 points, or 1.48%, to 34.29 and 0.58 points, or 1.41, to 41.69 respectively.
As Hurricane Dean smashes through the Mexican oil region, petroleum conglomerate Exxon Mobil is down 1.09 points, or 1.29%, to 83.44.
Procter & Gamble, the personal care and household cleaning manufacturer, is also down 0.62 points, or 0.95%, to 64.39.
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