The FTSE 100 Index has gained about 13 points to 4,630 this morning, helped by mining stocks.
Rio Tinto is up 16p to 1,466p. The mining group has recovered after losing as much as 31p earlier in the week on announcing strong third-quarter results with production of iron ore up 6% after starting up a new mine.
Xstrata is up 14p to 888p, making good gains for the second consecutive day. The miner closed up 21p yesterday, after competitor BHP Billiton reported increased output to meet demand for commodities from China.
Shire Pharmaceuticals Group is down 8.75p to 508.75p.
Scottish & Newcastle is down 4p to 402.75p after its good run has been halted.
Asian stocks rose, led by exporters to China after a government report suggested the nation is succeeding in cooling economic growth without triggering a slump.
In Tokyo, The Nikkei 225 index was up about 0.63% to 10,857.13 points at close earlier this morning.
JFE Holdings, Japan's second-largest steelmaker by sales, jumped 2.9% to 2,850 yen.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, the nation's biggest tanker owner, climbed 3.9% to 637 yen.
US benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average index closed down 21.17 points to 9865.76 points.
Caterpillar closed down $3.35 to $77.03, after reporting third quarter earnings below some estimates.
United Technologies closed up $1.14, to $91.04.IFAonline
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