The FTSE continues its steady week climbing 58 points, or 0.89%, to 6691 in early trading this morning.
Schroders led the early winners, adding 53p, or 4.1%, to £13.47. It was closely followed by Antofagasta, up 30.5 points, or 3.65%, to 867p, and Xstratam up 121p, or 3.5%, to £35.76.
However, these gains are being stemmed by losses for Sage Group, which has dropped 6.75p, or 2.68%, to 245p, Taylor Wimpey, down 5.75p, or 1.89%, to 289p, and Barratt Developments, down 14 points, or 1.87%, to 734.5p.
In the US, the Dow Jones dropped 85.84 points, or 0.61%, to 14078.69 at close of trading yesterday.
Boeing suffered the heaviest losses, dropping 2.77 points, or 2.73%, to 98.68. It was closely followed by Alcoa, down 0.99 points, or 2.49%, to 38.73, and American International, down 1.58 points, or 2.25%, to 68.53.
However, gains were made by Wal-Mart Stores, which climbed 0.38 points to 45.59, Exxon Mobil, up 0.46 points to 93.13, and Procter & Gamble, up 0.32 points, or 0.45%, to 71.4.
In Japan, stocks advanced, driving the Nikkei 225 to an 11-week high, after Moody's Investors Service raised its debt rating for the nation citing confidence the government led by Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will pursue debt-cutting measures.
The Nikkei 225 gained 281.09, or 1.6%, to 17,458.98 at the close of trading in Tokyo, its highest since July 26.
Shipping operator firm Kawasaki Kisen, climbed 58 yen, or 3.5%, to 1,731, a record, while Nippon Yusen K.K advanced 59 yen, or 5.1%, to 1,213.
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