The FTSE 100 has closed up 39.4 points to end at 6,044.10, with miners again providing much of the lift with Antofagasta and Rio Tinto, both in the top 10 risers.
Antofagasta had a good day adding 4.71% to 2,311p, closely followed by Kazakhmys as it climbed 4.23% 1,231p, while Rio Tinto jumped 2.99% to 3,135p, and, Xstrata finished 2.47% higher at 1,988p.
Amongst the fallers, financials are leading the way with the likes of Alliance and Leicester and Friends Provident down, joined by Reuters and Kingfisher.
Alliance and Leicester slipped 4.25% to 1,195p, with Friends Provident dropping 2.97% to 204.5p, while Reuters made up the top three with a fall of 3.12% to 381p, closely followed by Kingfishers which slid 2.71% to 233p.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 18.41 points, or 0.16%, to 11,185.44, after a sharp drop in US gasoline inventories sent oil prices higher.
US crude for May delivery rose $0.42 to $66.65 on the New York Mercantile Exchange following government data showing gasoline stocks fell more than expected in the latest week.
Currently topping the leaderboard is Alcoa, with a rise of 1.1% to $31.20, closely followed by Hewlett-Packard with gains of 1.1% to $34.06, while Merck is also performing well, adding 0.59% to $35.69.
On the down side, General Motors has dropped 2.25% to $19.10, with Du Pont following closely with a fall of 0.88% to $42.56, while Verizon Communications completes the top three losers, slipping 0.87% to $34.30.
Meanwhile, stocks Apple stocks have risen on the release of software which allows its Mac computers to run Microsoft’s software. Apple shares have gained 7.2% to $65.60 to register their biggest percentage gain in almost six months, while Microsoft shares gained 0.2% to $27.70.
Elsewhere a drop in the shares of heart-device maker St. Jude came after the company cut its revenue and earnings forecast, to see the stock fall 12.8% to $36.01.IFAonline
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