The FTSE 100 recorded its highest closing level since November 1 today, finishing the week up 69.3 points (1.07%) to 6554.9.
Xstrata led the gains after expanding its bid for Australia's Jubilee Mines, closing up 7.91% to 3656.
Housebuilders were among the best performers on the back of yesterday’s rate cut, with Taylor Wimpey at the forefront, 7.63% ahead to 214.5.
Northern Rock climbed on news Olivant upped its efforts to buy stricken lender, finishing 7.38% up to 110.60.
Inter-dealer money broker ICAP led the losses, down 2.06% to 664.50.
In the US, markets had a strong start to the session with the Dow Jones up 12 points at 13,632 thanks to better than expected job figures.
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