The FTSE 100 index advanced 12.1 points or 0.2% to 5287.1 in early trading on Monday, led by commodity producers BP and Royal Dutch Shell after crude oil and copper prices climbed.
BP, Europe's largest oil company, gained 14p, or 2.3%, to 627.5p and. Shell, the region's No. 2 oil company, gained 30p or 1.7% to £17.51.
Mining giant BHP Billiton added 1.4% to 817p while Rio Tinto, the No. 2 mining company, climbed 27p or 1.3% to £21.91.
Crude oil rose almost 2% in New York on Friday as it advanced $1.45 to $64.08 a barrel after concerns a hurricane may form in the Caribbean and head for the Gulf of Mexico, causing further disruption to production.
Man Group, the world's largest hedge fund company, rose 0.9% to £15.55 after revealing it is not in talks to buy Refco, the futures broker which is facing insolvency because of a bad debt scandal.
EMI Group, the world's third-largest music company, also advanced 4.5p, or 2%, to 228.75p. It said first-half music sales increased 4.5% and it gained market share following the release of new albums by British bands Coldplay and Gorillaz.
In Japan earlier today, stocks fell, driving the Nikkei 225 Stock Average index down for a fourth day by 20.25 points or 0.2% to 13,400.29, at its close a short time ago.
Banks, steelmakers and mining companies led the drop after Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi drew criticism from neighbouring countries China and South Korea for visiting Yasukuni Shrine, which includes memorials to convicted war criminals.
Comments from officials in countries neighbouring Japan raised concern political jitters will deter Koizumi from focusing on policies to support growth in the world's second-largest economy.
Mitsubishi UFJ, the world's largest lender by assets, dropped 60,000 yen, or 4.2%, to 1.38 million. Nippon Steel, Japan's biggest steelmaker, declined 11 yen, or 2.7%, to 392, while Inpex, Japan's largest oil explorer, lost 19,000 yen, or 2.4%, to 788,000.
China's surging economy has helped drive demand for raw materials including steel and crude oil, and the nation is, combined with Hong Kong, Japan's biggest trading partner.
Elsewhere, car manufacturers had a good day as Honda jumped 200 yen, or 3.1%, to 6,760, while Toyota Motor, Japan's largest carmaker, climbed 60 yen, or 1.2%, to 5,170.
Mitsubishi Motors, Japan's fifth-largest carmaker, also rose 5 yen, or 2.2%, to 238, after a report stated the carmaker will start supplying fuel-efficient gasoline engines to DaimlerChrysler AG for its Smart compact cars as early as next year.
And in the US on Friday, the US stocks fell for a second week, reaching their lowest levels in five months, as the Dow Jones Industrial average index closed on Friday at 10287.34.
Reports on imported goods and consumer prices coupled with comments from the Federal Reserve spurred concern about higher inflation and interest rates.
Shares of companies most sensitive to changes in borrowing costs, such as utilities and homebuilders, led the decline, while disappointing results from Advanced Micro Devices and Xilinx also sent semiconductor companies lower.
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