In the UK, the FTSE 100 Index has recovered from a rickety start this morning, led up 9.20 points to 4,812.50 by mining firm Rio Tinto, after another estimate that iron ore and coking coal prices will rise through this year.
Rio Tinto has added 70p or 4.3% to 1690p.
Antofagasta was up 41p to 1,183p, while BHPBilliton added 15.50p to 652.50p.
Cairn Energy picked up 32p to 1,197p as oil prices continued to climb.
Fallers are led by Smiths Group, which makes parts for Boeing planes and anthrax-detection systems for the US Postal Service.
Smiths shed 27.50p to 826.50p as analysts cut its stock rating.
Cruise company carnival shed 95p to 3,130p.
SABMiller lost 21p to 784p.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average has provided some cheer, away from massive losses incurred towards the end of last week.
The US benchmark index has added 16.92 points to 10409.91 points in its morning session, led by McDonalds up $0.54 to $31.79, along with General Motors adding $0.60 to $36.56.
Exxon Mobil meanwhile has added $0.84 to $51.28, as crude oil for March delivery decreased $0.48 at $48.05 a barrel in New York.
Prices earlier climbed as high as $49.24 as cold weather boosted heating-oil demand in the north-eastern United States.
Consumer goods maker Procter & Gamble shed $0.78 to $54.87 as analysts altered stock recommendations from ‘buy’ to ‘neutral’.IFAonline
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