The FTSE 100 index is up 8.3 points, or 0.13%, to 6,405.6, in the first day of trading after the Easter holidays with miners currently driving the index higher.
Kazakhmys is posting the biggest gains with a rise of 1.92% to £12.23, closely followed by Lonmin which has added 1.38% to £35.24, while Rio Tinto has also advanced 1.28% to £30.84.
Vodafone is also performing well with a rise of 1.39% to 138.6p, while insurer Resolution has added 1.25% to 650.5p, although gains are being limited by Scottish Power which has dropped 0.73% to 818.5p.
Scottish & Newcastle is the biggest loser with a fall of 1.32% to 598.5p, closely followed by Marks & Spencer Group which is down 0.94% to 684p, while ICI has slipped 0.83% to 540.75p, and AstraZeneca has declined 0.76% to £27.45.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average slipped 79.07, or 0.5%, to 17,664.69, led by technology-related companies after investors took advantage of previous gains.
Matsushita, the maker of Panasonic-brand products, lost 40 yen, or 1.6%, to 2,445, while TDK, the country's biggest maker of magnetic heads in disk drives, slid 200 yen, or 1.9%, to 10,480, and Fujifilm Holdings, the biggest maker of liquid-crystal display film globally, declined 90 yen or 1.8%, to 4,970.
Oil-related shares also fell after the price of crude oil for May delivery fell 4.3% to $61.51 a barrel, causing Inpex Holdings, Japan's biggest oil explorer, to drop 20,000 yen, or 2%, to 960,000, while Nippon Oil retreated 6 yen, or 0.7%, to 922.
Toyota Motor fell 60 yen, or 0.8%, to 7,480, while Honda Motor slid 90 yen, or 2.2%, to 4,100, and Advantest, the world's biggest maker of memory-chip testers, dropped 100 yen, or 1.7%, to 5,650.
Elsewhere, JFE, Japan's second-largest steelmaker, jumped 200 yen, or 3.1%, to 6,650, Nippon Steel added 22 yen, or 2.8%, to 806, although Sony, the maker of Vaio computers, fell 30 yen, or 0.5%, to 6,410.
In the US yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 8.94 points, or 0.07%, to 12,569.14, following the release of a strong employment report over the Easter break.
Intel posted the biggest gains with a rise of 2.66% to $20.10, closely followed by McDonald’s which added 1.55% to $46.49, while Alcoa gained 0.81% to $34.87, and Du Pont advanced 0.73% to $49.68.
American Express also climbed 0.71% to $56.36, although gains were limited by heavy equipment maker Caterpillar which declined 0.43% to $67.43, while Boeing dropped 0.52% to $90.03.
However, Altria Group was the biggest loser with a fall of 1.2% to $69.90, closely followed by Hewlett-Packard which slipped 1.1% to $41.34, while Exxon Mobil declined 0.54% to $76.80.
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