The FTSE was recovering slowly but surely on a busy morning following a disappointing Wednesday and has climbed up 38p, or 0.61%, to 6308.8.
Rio Tinto was leading the improvement, jumping 154 points, or 4.37%, to £36.79.
It was closely followed by BG Group, up 30p, or 3.81%, to 816.5p and Lonmin, up 97p, or 3.01%, to £33.24.
However, early gains were stemmed by losses for DRAX ORD, down 30.5p, or 4.52%, to 645p, Royal Bank of Scotland, down 10.5 points, or 1.85%, to 556.5p, and Standard Chartered, down 17p, or 1.12%, to £15.
In the US, the Dow Jones dropped 143.39 points, or 1.07%, to 13305.47 at the close of play.
GEN Motors dropped 0.85 points, or 2.66%, to 31.07. It was closely followed by JPMorgan Chase, down 1.13 points, or 2.49%, to 44.17, and American Express, down 1.45 points, or 2.39%, to 59.32.
Resistance was provided by Home Depot, up 0.15 points, or 0.41%, to 36.51, Alcoa, up 0.07 points, or 0.19%, to 36.48, and Procter & Gamble, up 0.01, or 0.02%, to 65.46.
In Japan, the Nikkei advanced 98.55, or 0.6%, to 16,257.00, reversing a drop of as much as 2% - it closed at 16,524.93 on 3 September.
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