Strong gains by Japanese stocks on capital expenditure data helped the FTSE 100 index put on about 15 points to 4,565 this morning.
Mining companies are up on hopes higher expenditure by companies in Asia will result in firmer commodities prices.
Xstrata, the coal miner, is up 843.5p.
Antofagasta, the Chile-based copper miner, is up 11p to 1,033.50p.
Rio Tinto, the metals miner, is up 13p to 1,393p.
ITV is up 1.75p to 105.75p after announcing the first departure of a number of non-executive directors following the merger of Granada and Carlton Communications.
William Hill, the bookmaker, is down 22.5p to 520p after announcing punters won more bets in July and August.
Marks & Spencer is down 1p to 355p after Philip Green , head of Arcadia and who failed to take over the chain earlier this year said he would increase clothing lines to compete with M&S position as the UK’s number one clothes retailer.
As stated, markets were up strongly in Asia.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 index added 221.88 points to 11,244.37 this morning, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index is up about 123 points to 13,071.
US markets will be closed today for the Labor Day long weekend holiday.IFAonline
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