The FTSE 100 has ended the day up 29.4 points, or 0.5%, to 5,966.5, as Tate & Lyle and Vodafone helped cancel out losses by the mining sector.
Sugar company Tate & Lyle posted the biggest gains of 6.09% to 767p, after brokers increased its rating, while Vodafone added 4.09% to 127.25p after an upbeat briefing on its Spanish and Italian operations.
Meanwhile steelmaker Corus jumped 3.89% to 407.5p, closely followed by British Airways which added 3.68% to 450.25p, while retail group Kingfisher climbed 3.37% to 260.5p.
On the downside most of the losses were posted by mining and energy firms as gold futures fell, with Kazakhmys the biggest drag with a drop of 4.96% to £10.53, closely followed by BHP Billiton which slipped 4.81% to 870p, while Rio Tinto fell 3.19% to £24.01.
British Energy Group also suffered with a drop of 4.71% to 556p, closely followed by cairn Energy which slipped 3.27% to £17.76, while power supplier Drax group dropped 3.8% to 797p.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed 54.91 points, or 0.47%, to 11,782.25 in early trading as investors welcomed low oil prices and hoped the latest data from the non-manufacturing sector would help keep US rates on hold.
Technology stocks are posting the biggest gains with Microsoft leading the charge with a rise of 1.39% to $27.75, closely followed by IBM which has added 1.27% to $82.69, while Home Depot is also performing well with a rise of 1.28% to $37.30.
Altria group, the parent organisation of the companies which make Oreo cookies and Phillip Morris cigarettes is up 1.16% to $76.52 while Procter and Gamble are also up 1.11% to $62.99.
And on the bright side, so far there are only four stocks on the Dow which have fallen, with General Motors acting as the biggest drag with a drop of 2.57% to $32.55, closely followed by Alcoa which has slipped 0.96% to $26.84, while Wal-Mart is down 0.87% to $49.03, and drug company Pfizer has fallen 0.56% to $28.25.IFAonline
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