Strong resources sector performance has driven the FTSE forward, which closes, up 62.60points (1.15%) to 551120.
The top spot goes to Antofagasta which soared by 6.23% or 33.50p to 571.5p. Oil and gas company Petrofac gained 30.5p or 5.86% to 551p.
Global resources firm BHP Billiton is up 5.62% to 1597p, while Xstrata and Ferrexpo gain 5.47% and 5.09% respectively.
However, Rolls-Royce Group saw its share price fall, shedding 14.25p (3.54%) to 388.75p.
Financials are lagging, with Man Group down 2.92% to 514.5p and Royal Bank of Scotland dipping 2.5% to 224p.
HBOs and The London Stock Exchange concluded the five biggest losers of the day.
In the States, the Dow Jones is faring less well, down 109.51 points (0.94%) to 11532.96.
The biggest loser so far is Gen Motors, dropping 84 (7.57) to $10.26.
Bank of America has declined 2.27 (7.29%) to $28.86 while Citigroup has dropped 0.73 (3.94%) to $17.81.
America International Group has shed 3.5% to $22.05 and Home Depot is close behind, dipping 3.49% to $26.52.
However, Alcoa has climbed 1.29 or (4.17%) to 32.25 to top the leader board.
Chevron Corporation has added 2.68 (3.21%) to 86.24, while Exxon Mobil, Coca Cola and Intl Business Mach are also rising.IFAonline
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