The FTSE 100 has ended the day up 5.1 points, or 0.08%, to 6,570.5, as miners improved throughout the day.
Rio Tinto posted the biggest gains with a rise of 4.11% to £36.75, closely followed by Vedanta Resources which climbed 1.71% to £14.90, while Kelda Group advanced 2.35% to £10.
ITV also performed well with a rise of 3.93% to 119.1p, on rumours BSkyB might sell its stake of the company, while Experian added 2.87% to 628p, although gains were limited by Tate & Lyle which slipped 1.39% to 602p.
However, Land Securities was the biggest loser with a fall of 1.85% to £18.58, closely followed by Persimmon which slipped 1.54% to £13.46, while Compass Group dropped 1.51% to 374.5p, and Home Retail declined 1.48% to 465.25p.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 61.76 points, or 0.46%, to 13,502.89 in early trading, despite worse than expected housing data.
Coca-Cola is posting the biggest gains with a rise of 1.46% to $51.99, closely followed by Honeywell International which has climbed 1.38% to $56.76, while Exxon Mobil has added 1.09% to $83.18.
Microsoft is also up 1.03% to $30.48, while Intel has added 0.91% to $22.18, although gains are being limited by Verizon Communications which has started the session down 0.24% to $42.44.
However, Home Depot is the biggest loser with a fall of 1.2% to $38.48, closely followed by Johnson & Johnson which dropped 0.36% to $63.25, while drug company Merck slipped 0.19% to $53.65, and American Express fell 0.15% to $63.92.
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