The London markets are slightly ahead this morning after Wall Street crept higher overnight, with the FTSE 100 currently 2.7 points up, or 0.04%, to 6379.5.
Miners are ahead after positive comments from Kazakhmys yesterday, with Vedanta Resources and Lonmin up 4.24% to 1868 and 2.58% to 3298 respectively.
Resolution climbed as Pearl Group announced they have the green light to boost its stake in the insurer to 20%, should it wish to.
So far this morning Resolution is up 15.5 points, or 2.45%, to 649.
Alliance & Leicester is down despite releasing an encouraging statement yesterday – currently 19 points lower, or 1.8%, to 1039.
Tate & Lyle is also down at the start, the renewable food and industrial ingredients giant is 10 points down, or 1.78%, to 552.
In New York, Wall Street was higher as expectation of an interest rate cut grew after weaker than expected industrial figures.
The Dow Jones finished the session on 13448.86, a 91.12 point climb, or 0.68%.
General Motors lead the gains after posting a rise in August car sales, closing 1.18 points up, or 3.84%, to 31.92.
American Express also collected some solid gains, up 2.15 points, or 3.67%, to 60.77.
There was only the one significant loss overnight, with Home Depot, dropping 5.09%.
The world's largest home-improvement chain dropped 1.95 points, to 36.36, after announcing they are to buy back $10.7 billion of shares, at $37 each.
In Tokyo, a Japanese government official expressed concerns the US sub-prime crisis will continue to spread, dragging the Nikkei 225 index down 262.02 points, or 1.6%, to 16,158.45.
Fears the amusement and retail centre operator Tokyo Dome Corp may miss its first-half profit forecast led it to the day’s largest loss, 27 points down, or 5.03%, to 510.
The sub-prime warnings expectedly hit the developers, with Sumitomo Realty down 180 points, or 4.86%, to 3,520; while Heiwa Real Estate slid 35 points, or 4.36%, to 767.
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