The FTSE closed at 6716.7p tonight after rising 19 points, or 0.28%.
Standard Chartered and Johnson Matthey both surged 48 points today, closing at 1690p and 1828p respectively.
Standard Chartered jumped 2.92% while Johnson Matthey rose 2.7%. Man Groups rose 17 points, or 2.76%, closing at 633.5p.
Experian increased by 14 points, or 2.27%, to 630p. BG Group rose 19 points, or 2.21%, to 877.5p.
Rio Tinto plummeted 80 points, or 2.1%, to 3730p. BHP Billiton fell 27 points, or 1.74%, to 1527p. Lonmin fell 72 points, or 1.66%, to 4278p.
Home Retail dropped 6.25 points, or 1.37%, to 450.25p. Smiths Group fell 14 points, or 1.23%, to 1128p.
The Dow Jones has started slightly ahead, building on the massive gains posted yesterday. The index is currently up 24.14 points, or 0.17%, to 13885.87.
Alcoa continues to climb to new record levels, as takeover speculation mounts. The aluminium producer is three points up, or 7.07%, to 45.43. General Motors is struggling early, falling 0.44 points, or 1.17%, to 37.1.
The Nikkei climbed 254.81 points, or 1.4%, to 18,238.95. Canon rose 120 yen, or 1.7%, to 7,180. Honda rose 110 yen, or 2.5%, to 4,590. Nintendo limbed 550 yen, or 1.1%, to 50,200.
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