A metal producer helped push the FTSE 100 towards a promising end-of-day total, the index finishing up 65.5 points, or 1.02%, to finish on 6485.1.
Lonmin, a producer of Platinum Group Metals, closed up 245 points, or 7.38%, to close on £35.65.
In addition, the British Sky Broadcasting Group, who kickstarted the FTSE earlier this morning, closed positively, up 31.5 points, or 5.39%, to 616p.
Alternative investment firm Man Group also had a strong day, finishing up 20.5 points, or 3.66%, to close on 581p.
However, these gains were offset by disappointing days from Pearson, an international media firm, which finished down 30.5 points, or 3.39%, to close on 870.5p.
Software firm, BAE Systems, finished down 9 points, or 1.98%, to close on 444.5p, while power firm Drax finished down 12.5 points, or 1.59%, to close on 771.5p.
In the US, the Dow Jones has also made positive early gains, and is up 72.49 points, or 0.55%, on 13208.63.
It has been boosted by Verizon Communications, which is up 1.25 points, or 3.25%, to 39.76, and GEN Motors, which is up 0.95 points, or 3.04%, to 32.25.
However, early losses from International Business Machines, down 0.95 points, or 0.95%, to 102.22, Proctor & Gamble, down 0.46 points, or 0.73%, to 62.5, and Johnson & Johnson, down 0.19 points, or 0.15%, to 64.37 are threatening a good start.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 advanced 119.94, or 0.7%, to 17,394.92 in Tokyo, reversing a 0.3% drop.
Nippon Steel, the world's No. 2 maker of the alloy, climbed 15 yen, or 1.9%, to 812, while JFE, the third biggest by output, jumped 240 yen, or 3.6%, to 6,900, Kobe Steel Ltd, Japan's fourth largest, rose 17 yen, or 4.1%, to 435.
Toyota, which sold more cars and trucks than General Motors Corp. in the three months ended March 31, lost 40 yen to 7,230. Honda Motor Co, which had 55% of its sales in North America in 2006, fell 30 yen, or 0.7%, to 4,040 while Nissan Motor Co declined 15 yen, or 1.2%, to 1,205.
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