The FTSE 100 has ended the day up 12.5 points, or 0.2%, to 6,204.5, as the mining and property sectors performed well.
Miner Antofagasta was the biggest gainer with a rise of 4.1% to 476.5p, closely followed by property group Hammerson which gained 2.7% to £14.84, while British Land climbed 2.69% to £16.04.
Rio Tinto also performed well climbing 2.36% to £27.32, closely followed by insurer Legal & General which gained 2.33% to 153.5p, although gains were limited by Amvescap which slipped 0.84% to 593p.
Unilever was the biggest drag on the index with a drop of 1.5% to £13.80, closely followed by ITV which slipped 1.08% to 114.5p, while Smiths Group fell 0.98% to 912.5p, and Bradford & Bingley declined 0.92% to 458.5p.
In the US the Dow Jones is pretty flat with a slight fall of 0.06 points to 12,342.5, as investors seem undecided following last week’s strong gains.
Alcoa is posting the biggest gains so far with a rise of 2.12% to $28.87, closely followed by Microsoft which has gained 1.67% to $29.89, while Du Pont has climbed 1.52% to $47.98 and AT&T has added 0.93% to $33.51.
On the downside Verizon Communications is the biggest drag on the index with a drop of 2.86% to $35.01, closely followed by Merck which has slipped 1.13% to $44.55, while American International Group has fallen 0.72% to $71.53.IFAonline
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