The FTSE 100 index rose 21.7 points or 0.4% to close at 5,746 points today, rebounding from earlier losses after a healthy start on Wall Street.
Man Group featured among the risers, gaining 3.46% to £24.20, after it said funds under management surged 16% to $49.9bn for the year to March compared with $43bn the previous year.
Lloyds TSB also gained 2.38% to 515.5p, on the back of a dinner presentation made to brokers last night.
The miners dominated the fallers with Kazakhmys leading the declines, down 3.35% to £10.98.
BHP Billiton dropped 2.24% to £10.26, Rio Tinto declined 3.10% to £28.71 and Anglo American fell 2.65% to £20.97.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has added 32.74 points, or 0.3%, to 11,201.05 points after the government said worker productivity accelerated and retailers reported higher than forecast sales in May.
J.C. Penney has jumped $2.61, or 4.3%, to $63.45 for the top gain since December. The company says sales soared 11%, more than five times the average analyst estimate.
Exxon Mobil is limiting the Dow's rise, falling 32 cents to $60.59, after oil lost 0.3% to $71.05 a barrel in New York.
Newmont Mining has also declined $1.19 to $50.96, while Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold has fallen $1.25 to $54.74.IFAonline
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