In London the FTSE 100 index is up about 16 points to 5,035 led by BHP Billiton and Antofagasta on gains of 26.00p to 713.00p and 38.00p to 1,220.00p respectively following increased demand for commodities.
Corus and Royal & Sun Alliance also continue to perform well this week after speculation that Corus Group may launch a take over bid for the Insurance firm.
Shares in Royal & SUN Alliance are currently trading at 1.50p up at 83.50p while Corus Group is up 1.50p to 43.75p.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.2% to close at yesterday 10,566.37 led by Boeing which appears to be recovering from declines earlier in the week. Shares in Boeing were up $1.48 to $64.4. General Motors also increased $0.47 to $6.34.
The Nikkei 225 Stock Average was little changed at its close this morning, adding 0.50 points to 11,416.38. The average completed a five-day, 2.3% climb. Declines by Canon and Kyocera Corp. limited the gains.
Canon lost 80 yen to 5,880 while Kyocera Corp., the world's largest maker of ceramic packaging used to protect finished microchips, slipped 60 yen (0.7%) to 8,210.
Mitsubishi Tokyo, the second largest bank in Japan, added 11,000 yen to 936,000. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc., the third largest, added 7,000 yen to 740,000. UFJ Holdings Inc., the nation's fourth-largest lender, advanced 9,000 yen to 574,000.
Inpex Corp., Japan's biggest oil producer, added 15,000 yen (2.6%), to 600,000. JFE Holdings Inc., the nation's No. 2 steelmaker, climbed 45 yen, or 1.7 percent, to 2,710.
Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Japan's second-biggest oil explorer, jumped 160 yen(3.6%) to 4,590 after saying it found natural gas in Niigata prefecture, northern Japan.
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