The FTSE 100 has started trading strongly this morning, rising 33.8 points, or 0.58% to 5,853.9, after two days of losses.
Schroders and ICAP are leading the risers while oil and mining stocks are also improving. Schroders is currently up 1.72% to 887p, while ICAP has gained 2.17% to 459.25p.
Meanwhile BP, Europe's second-biggest oil producer by market value said oil will continue to flow at Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field, causing it to gain 1.15% to 618p.
And Anglo American, the world's No. 2 mining company, gained 0.52% to 2,315p, as copper prices rose, although Xstrata is currently down 0.49% to 2,242p.
Elsewhere Barclays, Britain's third-largest bank by market value, has gained 1.2% to 643p, while HSBC Holdings has climbed 0.8% to 957.5p.
In Japan the Nikkei 225 Stock Average closed up 292.09, or 1.9%, to 15,857.11, the highest since May 30, despite a halt in the afternoon because of a power blackout in the capital.
Exporters including Canon and Matsushita Electric Industrial led the gains as the yen weakened against the dollar and oil prices fell in New York, boosting revenue and trimming costs.
Canon, the world's largest seller of digital cameras, advanced 100 yen, or 1.8%, to 5,530, while Matsushita, the maker of Panasonic-brand products, added 45 yen, or 1.9% to 2,405, and Sharp, Japan's largest maker of liquid-crystal displays, jumped 56 yen, or 2.9%, to 1,994.
Nomura Holdings, Japan's largest brokerage, added 70 yen, or 3.4%, to 2,105, while Mitsubishi Estate, the country's second-biggest developer, jumped 65 yen, or 2.7%, to 2,475, and Seven & I Holdings, the nation's largest retailer by sales, rose 70 yen, or 1.7%, to 4,150.
Meanwhile, Inpex, Japan's biggest oil explorer, lost 30,000 yen, or 2.8%, to 1.06 million, while Japan Petroleum Exploration, the second biggest, dropped 240 yen, or 2.9%, to 8,170.
In the US on Friday the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 36.34 points, or 0.33% to 11,088.03, as tech shares performed poorly after Apple said it would delay its latest quarterly report.
Apple ended the day down 0.66% to $63.60, while Intel fell 1.92% to $17.41. General Motors also slipped 1.63% to $30.11, although Exxon Mobil performed well as oil prices rose.
Exxon added 0.56% to $69.73 on Friday, as US crude oil for September delivery settled at $74.35 a barrel. American International also ended the week well with gains of 2.07% to $61.57.IFAonline
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