The FTSE100 closed up 45 at 6,261 today after a strong performance from housing-related stocks including Persimmon (up 32.00) and Wolseley (up 33.50).
Retail names including Home Retail Group (which owns Argos) and Next also moved ahead.
The biggest falls came from miner Antofagasta which responded badly to copper price falls while Xstrata also dropped.
The US has made a slow start to the day with the Dow Jones down 38.75 at 12982.08 despite the release of better than anticipated productivity figures.
Walt Disney made the greatest gains up 3.05% on higher earnings figures for Q2 while computer firms Hewlett Packard and Microsoft are also in the top five. Financial companies including American Express and Bank of America are currently floundering.
What made financial headlines over the weekend?
Pensions neglect to be criminal offence
All-day event on 24 April
Consequences could be more severe than in stress tests
AFH has six segregated mandate funds