The FTSE 100 is down 33.5 points, 0.53%, to 6,285.5 in early trading, as miners continue their fall from yesterday.
Kazakhmys is the biggest drag on the index with a fall of 4.32% to £10.40, closely followed by Xstrata which is slipped 4.26% to £23.14, while Vedanta Resources has fallen 3.8% to £11.14.
Antofagasta is also down 3.59% to 470.5p, closely followed by BHP Billiton which is down 3.43% to 901p, although losses are being limited by BT which is up 1.13% to 314.5p.
Cable and Wireless is posting the biggest gains with a rise of 3.25% to 166.75p, closely followed by cruise operator Carnival which is up 2.83% to £27.57, while ICI has gained 2.64% to 466.75p, and Marks & Spencer has added 1.15% to 744.5p.
In Japan the Nikkei 225 Stock Average advanced 127.84, or 0.7%, to 17,353.67 at the early 11am close, after the dollar and euro strengthened against the yen, increasing the value of overseas sales of exporters.
Toyota, the world's second-largest carmaker, jumped 130 yen, or 1.6%, to a record 8,090, while Honda Motor gained 40 yen, or 0.9%, to 4,740, and Matsushita Electric Industrial, the world's biggest consumer-electronics maker, rose 50 yen, or 2.1%, to 2,425.
Elsewhere Inpex Holdings, Japan's largest oil explorer, dropped 35,000 yen, or 3.6%, to 943,000, while Sumitomo Metal Mining, Japan's No. 2 copper smelter, declined 34 yen, or 2.2%, to 1,493, and Mitsubishi Materials, the nation's third-largest copper producer, slid 11 yen, or 2.5%, to 436.
And Hitachi, Japan's third-biggest builder of nuclear reactors, jumped 45 yen, or 6.1%, to 787, while Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the nation's No. 1 maker of industrial machinery such as ships, advanced 10 yen, or 1.9%, to 551.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended its first session last night up 11.37 points, or 0.09%, to 12,474.52, as earlier three figure gains were cut by the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve.
Wal-Mart posted the biggest gains with a rise of 2.97% to $47.55, closely followed by Home Depot which climbed 2.27% to $41.07, while Verizon Communications added 1.56% to $37.82.
Pfizer also performed well with a rise of 1.51% to $26.29, closely followed by Hewlett-Packard which gained 1.04% to $41.62, although gains were limited by McDonalds which fell 1.04% to $43.87.
General Motors was the biggest drag on the index with a fall of 4.13% to $29.45, closely followed by Exxon Mobil which slipped 3.29% to $74.11, while Alcoa dropped 2.27% to $29.33 and AT&T fell 2.24% to $34.95.IFAonline
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