The FTSE 100 has started the day up 28 points, or 0.42%, to 6,630.1 in mid-morning trading, helped by yesterday's record close on Wall Street and a strong performance from miners.
Johnson Matthey is posting the biggest gains with a rise of 4.08% to £16.32, closely followed by Anglo American which is up 3.5% to £30.17, while Xstrata has added 3.49% to £28.77.
Detica Group is also up 2.61% to 383.75p, while BAE Systems has added 2.46% to 447p, although gains are being limited by Mitchells & Butler which is currently down 0.56% to 890p.
Kingfisher is the biggest loser with a fall of 3.56% to 243.75p, closely followed by Vodafone which has slipped 1.19% to 158.1p, while GlaxoSmithKline has dropped 0.83% to £13.17, and Marks & Spencer is down 0.7% to 706p.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average advanced 287.49, or 1.6%, to 17,875.75 at the 3pm close, after the US Federal Reserve said growth will pick up in the world's biggest economy.
Sony advanced 100 yen, or 1.5%, to 7,010, while Honda Motor climbed 90 yen, or 2.2%, to 4,280, Nintendo jumped 1,200 yen, or 2.9%, to 42, and Komatsu, the world's No. 2 maker of earth-moving equipment, jumped 170 yen, or 5.6%, to 3,230.
Hitachi Construction, Japan's second-largest earthmoving equipment maker, jumped 160 yen, or 4.1%, to 4,070, while Mitsubishi Estate, Japan's biggest property developer by market value, jumped 110 yen, or 3%, to 3,740.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at another record high with a rise of 111.74 points, or 0.83%, to 13,633.08, as minutes from the Federal Reserve meeting left investors upbeat.
Caterpillar posted the biggest gains with a rise of 3.6% to $78.48, closely followed by Alcoa which added 2.16% to $41.24, while Boeing climbed 2.08% to $100.55, and Exxon Mobil advanced 1.67% to $84.
Coca-Cola also climbed 1.67% to $53.05, although gains were limited by Merck which slipped 1.29% to $52.71, while Intel dropped 0.99% to $22.08, McDonald’s fell 0.75% to $50.23, Pfizer declined 0.54% to $27.41 and General Motors slumped 0.07% to $30.08.
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