The FTSE 100 index has advanced 34.9 points, or 0.6%, to 5863.7 points this morning, led by Standard Chartered bank.
Standard Chartered, the bank which makes two-thirds of its profit in Asia, has risen 8p, or 0.6%, to £13.18.
Vedanta, India's largest producer of copper and zinc, has added 22p, or 1.8%, to £12.79.
Property stocks are in demand with Hammerson up 1.21% at £12.50 and British Land up 0.81% at £13.62.
On the downside, BP has fallen 1.12% to 615.5p as concerns over the shutdown of its Prudhoe oil field continue to unnerve investors.
Friends Provident has declined 0.28% to 180.5p after it announced a slight decline in underlying profit for the first half despite strong growth at its UK arm. Underlying pre-tax profit fell 9% to £247m.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average gained 310.6 points, or 2.1%, to 15,464.66 points after bank lending climbed at the fastest pace in a decade, suggesting an expanding economy will sustain profit growth.
Toyota climbed 260 yen, or 2.7%, to 6,190, Sony rose 110 yen, or 2.2%, to 5,180 and Matsushita Electric Industrial jumped 75 yen, or 3.3%, to 2,375.
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Japan's biggest lender by assets, added 10,000 yen, or 0.7%, to 1.55m.
Inpex Holdings, Japan's biggest oil explorer, advanced 30,000 yen, or 2.7%, to 1.13m as oil prices jumped more than $2 a barrel.
In the US, the Dow Jones industrial average slipped 20.97 points, or 0.19%, to end at 11,219.38 points yesterday after the shutdown of a key oil pipeline by BP drove up oil prices and fuelled concerns about inflation and slower economic growth.
Altria, parent of Marlboro cigarette maker Philip Morris USA, fell 1%, or 80 cents, to $79.10, General Electric fell 0.3%, or 11 cents, to $32.69 and 3M dropped 0.7%, or 45 cents, to $69.
Energy shares rose along with the higher oil prices. Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, rose 0.8%, or 54 cents, to $69.23.
Chevron rose 1.8%, or $1.17, to $66.83.IFAonline
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