The FTSE 100 is up 41.9 points or 0.68% to 6,198.4 in early trading, as mining stocks increased as copper prices rose in Asia.
Vedanta Resources is posting the biggest gains with a rise of 2.88% to £12.49, closely followed by Xstrata which is up 2.5% to £25.02, while Antofagasta has climbed 2.49% to 473p, and Kazakhmys has climbed 2.2% to £11.16.
Experian is also up 2.15% to 593.5p, although gains are being limited by Slough Estates which is down 0.26% to 758.5p, after its results news was not well-received, while Home Retail has slipped 0.24% to 416.5p.
However, British American Tobacco is the biggest loser with a fall of 0.85% to £15.22, closely followed by property company Hammerson which is down 0.64% to £15.58, while Scottish & Southern Energy has declined 0.34% to £14.72.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average climbed 325.69, or 1.9%, to 17,090.31 at the 3pm close, the most in five months after the yen erased its earlier gains against foreign currencies, easing concern its strength would hurt exporters' earnings.
Toyota, the world's second-biggest automaker, advanced 100 yen, or 1.3%, to 7,840, while TDK, Japan's biggest maker of magnetic heads for hard-disk drives, rose 100 yen, or 1.1%, to 9,350, and Sony climbed 170 yen, or 2.9%, to 5,990.
Nippon Steel, Japan's No. 1 maker of the alloy, jumped 38 yen, or 4.5%, to 891, while Tokyo Electric Power, Asia's largest power producer, added 110 yen, or 2.7%, to 4,150, and JFE Holdings, Japan's second-biggest steelmaker, advanced 180 yen, or 2.5%, to 7,390.
Elsewhere, Acom, Japan's second-biggest consumer lender, slumped 120 yen, or 3.1%, to 3,810, while Promise slid 150 yen, or 4.2%, to 3,460, and Aiful, the No. 1 consumer lender in Japan, dropped 95 yen, or 3.2%, to 2,840.
Toshiba climbed 36 yen, or 5%, to 750, while Daiei surged 96 yen, or 6.7%, to 1,538, Aeon lost 5 yen, or 0.2%, to 2,295, and Tokyo Electron advanced 220 yen, or 2.7% percent, to 8,400.
And in the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended yesterday’s session down 15.14 points, or 0.12%, to 12,192.45, as investors seemed nervous ahead of Friday’s jobs data.
Verizon Communications was the biggest loser with a fall of 2.19% to $35.68, closely followed by AT&T which slipped 1.58% to $35.43, while Intel dropped 1.44% to $19.12, and Procter & Gamble declined 1.37% to $62.08.
General Motors also slipped 1.12% to $30.77, although losses were limited by Exxon Mobil which climbed 0.9% to $71.64, while Altria Group also performed well with an advance of 0.78% to $85.08.
However Hewlett-Packard posted the biggest gains with a rise of 1.88% to $40.17, closely followed by Boeing which added 1.01% to $88.71, while heavy equipment maker Caterpillar climbed 0.96% to $64.23.
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