The FTSE 100 has ended the session up 23.8 points, or 0.37%, to 6,380.9, as positive mining stocks and well-received results news pushed the index higher.
Centrica, owner of British Gas, posted the biggest gains with a rise of 4.66% to 387.5p, closely followed by BAE Systems, which climbed 4.3% to 466.5p, while Drax Group advanced 3.62% to 716p.
Miners also performed well with Xstrata up 3.75% to £25.72, while Kazakhmys climbed 3.56% to £11.65, although Scottish & Newcastle was among the biggest fallers with a drop of 1.54% to 545p.
Property companies pulled the index lower with Hammerson slipping 1.99% to 316.23, while British Land dropped 1.41% to £16.06, and Intercontinental Hotels slipped 1.44% to £12.31, although Capita was the biggest loser with a fall of 2.02% to 654.5p.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 72.34 points, or 0.57%, to 12,666.07 in early trading, as technology stocks continue to weigh on the index.
Just two stocks are making gains at the moment with Verizon Communications trying to lead a rally with gains of 0.13% to $38.34, while 3M Company is up 0.05% to $76.27, although gains are being limited by Merck which is down 1.21% to $43.42.
Hewlett-Packard is the biggest loser with a fall of 1.8% to $40.36, closely followed by General Motors which is down 1.7% to $34.77, while IBM has slipped 1.08% to $98.02, and Caterpillar is down 1.06% to $67.49.IFAonline
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