The FTSE 100 responded to a poor afternoon's showing yesterday to climb 71.3p, or 1.25%, to 5,795.4 in early trading.
The London Stock Exchange Group, up 77p to £17.59, and British Airways, up 12.5p to 303.75p, both made early gains, but mining firm Kazakhmys leads the table, climbing 57p, or 4.8%, to £12.45.
GlaxoSmithKline, Kingfisher and Yell Group all suffered losses in early trading, with Glaxo slipping 33p, or 3.06%, to £10.45 per share.
In the US, the Dow Jones recovered from an early setback to end the day in the black, climbing 46.9 points, or 0.38%, to 12,247.
JPMorgan Chase, up 1.39 points to 45.11, topped the winner’s table, followed by Home Depot, GEN Motors, Walmart Stores and Altria Group.
Hewlett Packard, down 1.66 points, or 3.94%, to 40.5, topped the loser’s rankings, and was joined by Microsoft and International Business Machines.
Japanese stocks fell again - ending their worst week in a month - led by industrial stocks after machinery orders fell three times more than expected in December.
The Nikkei 225 Stock Average erased early gains to lose 189.91, or 1.4%, to close at 13,017.24 in Tokyo.
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