The FTSE 100 has made early strides, gaining 49.4 points, or 0.75%, to 6609.
The morning’s top winner is Bradford & Bingley, which rose 18 points, or 4.5%, to 417.75.
Centrica climbed 10.5 points, or 2.88%, to 375p. Invesco increased by 14.5 points, or 2.45%, to 605.5p. Johnson Matthey soared 40 points, or 2.41%, to 1698.00p, followed by Liberty International, which rose 27 points, or 2.34%, to 1182.00p.
The three worst performers are AstraZeneca, which fell 13 points, or 0.5%, to 2583.00. GlaxoSmithKline dropped four points, or 0.31%, to 1305p. Detica Group fell 0.25 points, or 0.06%, to 405.75p.
The Dow Jones jumped 187.34 points, or 1.41%, on closing, at 13482.35p.
Alcoa was the evening’s top performer, rising 1.41 points, or 2.90%, to 40.48p. 3M rose 2.15 points, or 2.53%, to 87.19p. Caterpillar increased by 1.85 points, or 2.37%, to 79.93p. AT&T rose 0.90 points, or 2.30%, to 39.98p. GEN Motors increased by 0.67 points, or 2.13%, to 32.10p.
At the other end of the market, Disney fell 0.16 points, or 0.48%, to 33.4p, while Verizon Communications dropped 0.18 points, or 0.42%, closing at 42.9%.
In Japan the Nikkei 225 Stock Average climbed 109.52 points, or 0.6%, to 17,842.29p at closing, the biggest gain in two weeks. The broader Topix index rose 10.72 points, or 0.6%, to 1756.64p.
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