In London, the FTSE 100 was buoyed by good news in the US manufacturing sector, up 49.2 points, or 0.75%, to 6,639.8.
Punch Taverns saw the biggest gains, up 42 points, or 3.44%, to £12.62, closely followed by Home Retail, up 14.75, or 3.24%, to 469.75p.
Lonmin shares added 3.13% to £43.10, while Antofagasta gained 2.87% to 646p, and Prudential shares rose 2.76% to 725p.
These gains were offset by losses for British Energy Group, down 1.4% to 527p, Kelda Group, down 1.31% to 943p, and BG Group, down 0.9% to 824p.
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones saw good early gains in a short day of trade, due to the July 4 holiday on Wednesday, up 41.95, or 0.31%, to 13,577.38.
IBM shares made the biggest gains, up 1.61% to 106.7p and Verizon shares climbed by 1.32% to 42.13. Microsoft shares added 1.22% to 30.11, Boeing shares gained 1.13% to 97.86, and Alcoa shares added 0.97% to 41.49.
Caterpillar saw yesterday’s gains fall away in early trading, down 2.48, or 3.08%, to 77.97. AT&T shares fell by 0.93% to 41.46 and General Motors shares dropped 0.71% to 37.75.
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