A strong opening surge on Wall Street propelled an already buoyant FTSE 100 this afternoon, closing 139.30 points (2.36%) higher to 6046.20.
An organic growth increase led Experian to a stunning day at the office, the credit checking agency soared 11.03% to 395.25.
Royal Bank of Scotland was the best of a solid banking sector, with the Bank of England’s mortgage market news boosting investor confidence. It climbed 7.6% to 375.
Compatriot Barclays also drove ahead, up 6.68% to 479.
Legal & General fell 4.89% to 124.50 after announcing static Q1 new business figures. BAE Systems also struggled, down 2.35% to 466.75.
In New York, investors seem confident on more positive Q1 earnings reports, driving the Dow Jones IA higher in early trading – up 1.5% to 12547.54.
Intel’s confident announcement yesterday is leading the chip-maker to a strong opening, up 6.03% to 22.17.
JPMorgan Chase is higher on a solid profit despite another write-down, up 4.39% to 43.97. Caterpillar is also higher, 3.54% up to 78.64.
Merck is the only stock in strife so far, 2.16% lower to 40.33.
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