The FTSE closed at a three-year high, climbing 32.60 points to 5,077.60 points, led by Land Securities Group.
The property firm added 35p to £14.71. It recently acquired privately owned LXB Properties for around £360m.
Catering firm Compass group also profited 5.25p to 226.25p, after reporting half-year turnover increased 6% to £6,191m.
Wolseley, a distributor of plumbing and heating equipment, advanced 24p to £11.62, along with Shell Transport & Trading, up 10.50p to 516.50p, as crude oil climbed above $57 a barrel in New York.
On the losing end, steel maker Corus shed 1p to 43.50p, after announcing interest in a stake in Turkish steelmaker Erdemir.
Allied Domeq also slipped 12p to 680p, after losing interest from US firm Constellation Brands, paving the way for Pernod Ricard SA, and its £7.6bn offer for Allied Domeq.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average has picked up close to 30 points to 10,607 points in morning trading, on the back of ever increasing demand for commodities.
Alcoa leads the way, adding $0.50 to $ 28.43, after signing a long-term deal with Airbus, worth $2bn in revenue.
Caterpillar also marched $1.36 higher to $99.67, after announcing it is to re-open its production centre in southwest Waco. The company builds the buckets that go on a excavator machine.
Du Pont De Nemours, meanwhile has shed $0.65 to $46.52.IFAonline
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Reporting to Steve Hill
Appointed on 19 September