Gains in London have sent the FTSE 100 index up marginally by about 9 points to 4,807 this morning.
Despite a devastating tidal wave sparked by an undersea earthquake now feared to have killed at least 70,000 in South and Southeast Asia, market watchers are still feeling prosperous.
Rio Tinto is up 26p to 1,520p, and Anglo American is up 9p to 1,231p on forecasts iron ore and other metals comodities prices could rise further in the coming year.
BT is down 1.75p to 203p after its shares went ex-dividend.
Outside the biggest stocks, Jarvis is up nearly a quarter, or 4.25p to 22.25p after rumours it may find a suitor after withdrawing from the business of providing engineering services to London's underground railway network.
Investors in the US are dealing with the news colder winter weather is pushing up oil prices again, just as the dollar has fallen to a new low against the euro. This means US customers will have to pay more again for their energy, which is priced in dollars on the global market, while such costs will be limited in eurozone countries.
Overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 78.41 points to 10,854.54.IFAonline
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